Undocumented teen receives abortion that Trump administration tried to block

Saul Bowman
October 27, 2017

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in a dissent, wrote that Tuesday's order is inconsistent with precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court that governments can "impose reasonable regulations" on abortion as long as they do not create an undue burden to access. Simultaneously, to shrink Jane Doe's actual interests in not carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term, the administration has painstakingly dismissed her as a non-citizen, a minor, and of course, a female, and thus in need of adult supervision. But under the Trump administration's free-wheeling anything goes extremism, it was not.

"Fortunately, today's decision rights a grave constitutional wrong by the government", Millett wrote.

Doe is also an undocumented immigrant and 15 weeks pregnant-and is seeking an abortion.

"This ruling plays into the broader agenda of the ACLU, which is recklessly exploiting a teenage girl in order to make the United States a sanctuary state for abortion".

The 17-year-old, identified as Jane Doe, has been fighting for access to an abortion since shortly after she was detained at the USA border in Texas last month. However, her fate is still uncertain, as she is still being detained by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. "I made my decision and this is between me and God".

Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, said: "Allowing our taxpayers to be entangled in financing and facilitating an abortion for an undocumented teen sets a terrible precedent". Lawyers for the Department of Health and Human Services argued it was against policy for them to "facilitate" abortions, even though Doe had a court-appointed guardian willing to take her to have the procedure and was able to cover the cost.


Office Director Scott Lloyd, a Trump nominee, said the shelters may not take "any action that facilitates" an abortion for unaccompanied minors without his direct approval. Or, there could have been complications in getting the doctor to the clinic to perform her abortion. The pro-abortion legal group recently asked to add the 17-year-old girl's case to their lawsuit, but Beeler refused Wednesday, ruling that the cases were not related enough, Courthouse News reports.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), before becoming head of ORR, Lloyd was senior policy coordinator for the Knights of Columbus, an anti-abortion Catholic charity, and he is the founder of a law firm that specializes in providing counsel "informed by the particular concerns of families and institutions that must navigate the "thickets of the law" while remaining faithful to Church teaching".

Texas' bishops objected to the ACLU's ongoing attempts to require cooperation in abortion and noted that religious organizations, such as the Catholic Church, are involved in immigration efforts for unaccompanied minors and work with pregnant mothers.

First, abortions are legal in the United States.

"It has been very hard to wait in the shelter for news that the judges in Washington, D.C., have given me permission to proceed with my decision", she said in the statement released by the abortion advocates. It has been very hard to wait in the shelter for news that the judges in Washington, D.C. have given me permission to proceed with my decision.

Not only is forcing teens to continue a pregnancy against their will unconstitutional, but it also shows the hypocrisy of the pro-life movement, which is more concerned with the life of an unborn fetus than the life of an actual living child.

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