A Fourth Young Immigrant Woman Is Being Blocked by the Trump Administration From Obtaining an Abortion

First there was Jane Doe. Then there were Jane Roe and Poe. Now Jane Moe has come to our attention.

Earlier this week, we learned that yet another 17-year-old immigrant in government custody was being blocked by the Trump administration from obtaining an abortion.

Jane Moe, who is believed to be in her second trimester of pregnancy, made clear her desire to terminate her pregnancy two weeks ago. Private funds are available to pay for her abortion, and staff at the shelter where she is being held are willing to accompany Ms. Moe to a clinic, but as in three prior cases, the government is refusing to allow it. 

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The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the federal agency responsible for unaccompanied immigrant minors, has implemented a blanket policy prohibiting abortion, in all circumstances except if the person’s life is in danger. Last month, the ACLU learned through court papers that the head of ORR, Scott Lloyd, who had a history of anti-abortion activism before being appointed to the position, refused to allow Jane Poe to receive an abortion even though he knew her pregnancy was the result of rape in her home country.   

The Trump administration is blatantly ignoring the fact that the Supreme Court has held for the past 45 years that abortion is a fundamental constitutional right.

Under the Trump administration’s policy, ORR also required Ms. Moe to visit a so-called crisis pregnancy center, an organization whose sole purpose is to discourage pregnant woman from having abortions.

In our lawsuit, Garza v. Hargan, we have asked the district court in Washington D.C., to issue an order preventing the Trump administration from enforcing its “no abortion” policy against any young woman in ORR custody, but the court has not yet ruled on that request.  

Until the court makes that ruling, we find ourselves in the position of having to request temporary restraining orders against the government in each individual case we find out about. In all three previous cases, the young women were eventually able to obtain abortions, but once again, time is of the essence. If Ms. Moe is subject to further delay, she may be prevented from exercising her right to the point where she is forced to carry her pregnancy to term against her will.

As we made clear in our court papers today, the Trump administration is blatantly ignoring the fact that the Supreme Court has held for the past 45 years that abortion is a fundamental constitutional right. And that right does not depend on immigration status. Today we are filing on behalf of Jane Moe, but there are surely other Janes out there.

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Dr. Timothy Leary

Of course Trump is against abortion. He is afraid they are going to abort his presidency.

Lucy

Turn on, tune in, drop out.

Liberals are insane

Funny how liberals feel the only way they can empower women is to kill innocent babies in the womb. You liberals are pathetic!!

Anonymous

So, you’re going to adopt her baby then, right? Feed it, clothe it, house it, educate it...

Anonymoust

Its not murder if the baby isnt born yet you feckless idiot.

Anonymous

If your daughter was raped, you'd be the first person demanding she be allowed an abortion - - - at government expense. This girl has the funds from private sources. Conservative scum like you are what's wrong with this country.

Ookpik

Funny how so many conservatives are concerned about life when it's in the womb and lose all interest once it has independent existence.

Ookpik

Funny how so many conservatives are concerned about life when it's in the womb and lose all interest once it has independent existence.

Cait

WIC (Women and Infant Children), the nutritional supplement program for pregnant women that also pays for infant formula, has had their funds cut.
Title X funds meant for prenatal care -cut.
CHIP (Childrens Health Program), which funded nearly a third of all childbirth in the US through Medicaid, completely defunded.
The US has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed nation in the world. There are developing nations with half of the resources and technology of the US doing a better job of keeping their pregnant and birthing women and newborns alive. A woman in the US is 14 times more likely to die in childbirth than she is from an abortion.
These people aren't even pro pregnancy or even pro fetus. All they are is anti-abortion and pro FORCED pregnancy, no matter the detriment to the woman or baby involved.
Now THAT is "pathetic"

Anonymous

Do you guys hear yourselves? The insinuation that this child doesn't deserve to be born unless citizens who oppose abortion raise the child for her is ridiculous.

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