Trump Admin Accuses Teen’s Lawyers of Misleading in Abortion Case
The Trump administration on Friday accused the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of misleading it in the case of a pregnant immigrant teenage girl who desperately wanted an abortion and obtained the procedure last week after a judge granted her the permission to so so.
The Department of Justice said it was not notified of the teen’s abortion being moved up – which kept the administration lawyers from filing an appeal to the Supreme Court before the actual procedure took place.
The Trump administration wants the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the lower court’s ruling in favor of the immigrant teen.
The teen entered the U.S. illegally and is now at the federal facility for unaccompanied minors in Texas.
“This administration has gone to astounding lengths to block this young woman from getting an abortion. Now, because they were unable to stop her, they are raising baseless questions about our conduct…”
The immigrant teen who is being referred to as ‘Jane Doe’ had the abortion on Oct. 25 after U.S. Courts of Appeals for the district of Columbia ruled in her favor. The Department of Justice was told that the procedure would take place on Oct. 26.
“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, adding that “discipline may be warranted against Jane Doe’s attorneys.”
The Director of ACLU David Cole defended his organization’s lawyers.
“This administration has gone to astounding lengths to block this young woman from getting an abortion. Now, because they were unable to stop her, they are raising baseless questions about our conduct. Our lawyers acted in the best interest of our client and in full compliance with the court orders and federal and Texas law. That government lawyers failed to seek judicial review quickly enough is their fault, not ours,” Cole said in a statement.
The immigrant teen entered the U.S. in September. She learned she was pregnant while at the U.S. facility where she was being detained at and received a state court order on Sept. 25 to have the abortion procedure performed. Trump administration officials refused to transport the teen to the facility or temporarily release her to have the procedure.
U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services argued that its policy of “refusing to facilitate” abortions for women in their care, forbade them from assisting the teenager. Department of Health and Human Services oversees facilities for unaccompanied minors who enter the United States illegally.
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