A pregnant teenage girl who is in the US illegally has undergone an abortion, in the midst of a legal battle between abortion advocates and the Trump administration over whether the abortion could take place.
According to the Associated Press, the Department of Justice has accused the ACLU of failing to tell them about when the abortion was to take place in order to ensure it happened before the Supreme Court could review the case:
The Department of Justice said Friday that the teen’s abortion was moved up without its lawyers’ knowledge, which meant administration lawyers didn’t appeal the case to the Supreme Court before the procedure took place. The administration is now asking the Supreme Court to vacate a lower court ruling in favor of the teen, who entered the country illegally and is being held in a federal facility for unaccompanied minors in Texas.
The 17-year-old had an abortion on Oct. 25 after the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in her favor. The Department of Justice says its attorneys were told that the procedure would occur Oct. 26. The teen’s name and country of origin have been withheld because she’s a minor, and she is referred to in court paperwork as Jane Doe.
“After informing Justice Department attorneys that the procedure would occur on October 26th, Jane Doe’s attorneys scheduled the abortion for the early morning hours of October 25th, thereby thwarting Supreme Court review,” Department of Justice spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement Friday, adding that “discipline may be warranted against Jane Doe’s attorneys.”
The Department of Justice is asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the case and order lower courts to vacate their rulings, since the girl’s court appointed guardian is also seeking abortions for other minor girls in the same case.
LifeNews.com has further details about the case:
The 17-year-old “Jane Doe” came to the country illegally and was staying at a taxpayer-funded shelter in Texas when she requested an abortion. The shelter did not assist her, citing a new government policy that they offer life-affirming support to women and girls who are pregnant, according to Slate.
According to the report, the shelter took “Jane Doe” to a pro-life pregnancy resource center instead. The ACLU said the teen did not change her mind after receiving counseling, and scheduled an abortion; however, the shelter where she is staying refused to transport her to the appointment.
The ACLU sued on behalf of the teen, and after a series of appeals by the U.S. government and the ACLU, the pro-abortion legal group won in federal appeals court. The teen aborted her unborn baby the next day.
Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other abortion activists celebrated the news of the unborn baby’s abortion death.
While abortion advocates may be celebrating, the truth is that the abortion is a tragedy both for the unborn baby and her young mother. Both research and stories from women who’ve been there show that abortion for teenage girls is likely to cause life-long trauma and is often the result of manipulation, coercion or exploitation. Those surrounding this girl and encouraging or pushing her to have an abortion did her no favors, and now she will likely be left suffering because of it.
Read and share the following round up of articles to get the full story of how abortion harms teens:
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Research: Is Abortion Better for Teens Than Unplanned Pregnancy?
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Fix Judicial Bypass to Protect Teen Girls
Teens Cope With Unwanted Births Better Than Abortion: New Study
Abuse of Parental Notification Laws Puts Teens at Risk
Is Abortion Better for Teens Than An Unplanned Pregnancy?
A Generation at Risk: How Teens Are Manipulated and Coerced Into Abortion
No One Told Me I Could Cry: Tiffany’s Story
Teens and Abortion Fact Sheet