September 28, 2018
Trump Administration and ACLU back in court in battle over abortions secured by teens illegally in US
The Trump administration and the ACLU were back in court Wednesday, the latest page in a lengthy story over whether the federal government must “facilitate” the abortions of unaccompanied minors who entered the country illegally and are currently in the custody of the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
The case at hand began in 2017 when U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said the legal status of “Jane Doe” was “irrelevant” and that “despite the fact that she’s in this country illegally, she still has constitutional rights.” Judge Chutkan ordered the Trump administration to allow the 16-year-old teenager to have an abortion which she did on October 25, after a series of court battles.
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