Undocumented Teen Finally Gets Abortion After Month-Long Fight With Trump Administration

UPDATED: DC Circuit Declines to Allow Pregnant Undocumented Teen to Get Abortion, For Now

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Doe's lawyers announced she "was released from federal custody under a court order and had the procedure Wednesday morning".

Justice Patricia Millett, a member of the three-judge panel that first heard the case, wrote that the 17-year-old has a right to "a modicum of the dignity, sense of self-worth, and control over her destiny that life seems to have so far denied her".

I'm taking action, and I hope you will too, before it's too late. "I dream about studying, becoming a nurse, and one day working with the elderly".

Meanwhile, Jane Doe's advocates are making her a second appointment at an abortion clinic. But the pro-life movement has done a bang-up job of shifting the discourse from pregnant women to babies and "mothers" (many mothers do have abortions, but just because a woman is pregnant does not mean she's a mom).

The undocumented teen whose abortion the Trump administration tried to block underwent the procedure Wednesday. The Office of Refugee Resettlement is now run by E. Lloyd Scott, who was appointed by Trump and is openly and staunchly antiabortion.

Mr Lloyd has always been a staunch pro-life advocate.

In a statement, Kristan Hawkins, president of the anti-abortion group Students for Life of America, called Jane Doe's abortion a tragedy.

"When I was detained, I was placed in a shelter for children", she continues. If the minor chooses not to do so, because she doesn't have a good relationship with her parents or her parents have abused her, she can go before a judge to make the case that she is mature enough or it's in her best interests to have an abortion.

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Under Texas law, minors must obtain parental consent in order to have the procedure. "I am grateful that the judge agreed with my decision and granted the bypass". The majority decision, he wrote, "is ultimately based on a constitutional principle as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in USA government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand, thereby barring any government efforts to expeditiously transfer the minors to their immigration sponsors before they make that momentous life decision". It was not immediately known whether the Trump administration would appeal to the Supreme Court.

"While the government provides for most of my needs at the shelter, they have not allowed me to leave to get an abortion. That decision is hers and hers alone", she said. "Through all of this, I have never changed my mind". Again, that should have been the end of the story.

[T] oday's decision rights a grave constitutional wrong by the government.

And the same scenario could play out for others in Jane Doe's situation.

I've been waiting for more than a month since I made my decision.

The ACLU claims the federal office violated the girl's constitutional rights by refusing to help her get an abortion through the taxpayer-funded shelter in Texas. "This is my life, my decision". It's a remarkably cruel case, spelled out in excruciating detail by Michelle Goldberg at the New York Times: Here is a teenager already in crisis, who has understandably decided that she does not want to have a baby when she is not only a child herself, but trapped in a detention center with absolutely no support and a terrifyingly uncertain future.

Meanwhile, her pregnancy is at 15 weeks - abortions are illegal in the state of Texas after 20 weeks. They were trying to tie the case up in court to force Jane Doe into a "point of no return" where she would have to give birth.



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