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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Anonymous

Do you support the death penalty,do you oppose sensible gun laws? If you answered yes to either. YOU’RE NOT pro-life. If you think abortion is a bad idea, don’t have one! If this belief comes from your religious beliefs you have no right to impose your beliefs on others. If you support this administrations policies you are a hypocrite! You don’t get to cherrypick which of your god’s laws you embrace.If you claim to be the “moral right” you are lying to yourself.

Anonymous

This girl was raped, better to have an abortion then to bring this baby into the world with no way to feed and raise.

Anonymous

I am surprised she wants an abortion rather than have an anchor baby who will be a U.S. citizen and get all benefits.

Anonymous

Benefits? What Benefits are you talking about? Oh the benefits of being passed from foster care to more foster care because the baby may not be adopted!! Those benefits!! Gotcha!!

Anonymous

Ditto!

Anonymous

You people are absolutely disgraceful. My tax dollars are going to you defending an immigrant, in government custody, who wants an abortion and who is not a citizen. Where else on earth could this madness happen. You have all lost your mind. Murderers: it's the SECOND trimester! How do you sleep at night? Lets all hope by the end of his 8, yes 8 year term, he aborts the ACLU.

From a Pro Life, Middle Class Feminist

Anonymous

Bottom line if she is illegal, she has zero rights here. I know plenty of foreigners who take many steps to remain legal in this country. I’m done with these snowflakes trying to give away everyone else’s farm. Why don’t you put your “private funds” up and send her to Germany for the procedure then

Anonymous

Where in the Constitution does it say illegal immigrants have no rights? This argument would be laughable, if it weren't for how incredibly not funny it is that people like you actually believe it.

Anonymous

I am glad to be a Canadian citizen from Quebec... Up North, we do not hear about these kinds of debates. It took us 300 years to get the Catholic Church out of our bedrooms and public institutions, and for Quebec women to gain a say in the control of their bodies. The abortion debate was closed in 1989 with the Canadian Supreme Court ruling that foetuses are not "persons" with legal rights. The USA do not look like the land of the free from up here. From a social point of view, you look like the land of the oppressed. Your social policies are dismal for an otherwise advanced country (what? no maternity leaves in the USA? In Quebec, we get 52 weeks of maternity leave). Why do you mix religion with healthcare? What right do you have to impose your religious views on all women? Religion belongs in the private homes and should remain there. There is absolutely no place for religion in hospitals and clinics or in the public sector. Healthcare decisions belong to the women and their doctors. End of story.

coalchild

Too bad she's not Russian, she'd be put up in a trump tower and could have an anchor baby and U.S. citizenship.
Too many sad stories like this...my heart breaks for these victims.

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