Undocumented teen gets abortion after Trump admin tried to stop her

After weeks of legal battles, the undocumented teenager known only as “Jane Doe” got an abortion in Texas Wednesday morning.

The Trump administration had sought to prevent the 17-year-old Doe, as she’s known in court papers, from getting an abortion even after the Central American teen secured permission from the state of Texas. Doe has been in the custody of a shelter operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement since she entered in the United States in September, and the administration has argued in court that federal policy forbids “any action that facilitates” abortion without the approval of the Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Scott Lloyd.

The full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday disagreed with that argument Tuesday, ruling that the Trump administration had to allow Doe to get her abortion.

“The government has insisted that it may categorically blockade exercise of her constitutional right unless this child (like some kind of legal Houdini) figures her own way out of detention,” Judge Patricia Millett wrote in a concurring opinion, calling the government’s position “constitutionally untenable.”

That decision reversed a Friday ruling, by three of the panel’s judges, mandating that Doe secure an immigration sponsor before she could get the procedure. It also allowed Doe’s lawyers to get a temporary restraining order from a federal district court, so Doe could leave the shelter and receive her abortion.

In a statement, Doe said:

My name is not Jane Doe, but I am a Jane Doe.

I’m a 17 year old girl that came to this country to make a better life for myself. My journey wasn’t easy, but I came here with hope in my heart to build a life I can be proud of. I dream about studying, becoming a nurse, and one day working with the elderly.

When I was detained, I was placed in a shelter for children. It was there that I was told I was pregnant. I knew immediately what was best for me then, as I do now – that I’m not ready to be a parent. Thanks to my lawyers, Rochelle Garza and Christine Cortez, and with the help of Jane’s Due Process, I went before a judge and was given permission to end my pregnancy without my parents’ consent. I was nervous about appearing in court, but I was treated very kindly. I am grateful that the judge agreed with my decision and granted the bypass.

While the government provides for most of my needs at the shelter, they have not allowed me to leave to get an abortion. Instead, they made me see a doctor that tried to convince me not to abort and to look at sonograms. People I don’t even know are trying to make me change my mind. I made my decision and that is between me and God. Through all of this, I have never changed my mind.

No one should be shamed for making the right decision for themselves. I would not tell any other girl in my situation what they should do. That decision is hers and hers alone.

I’ve been waiting for more than a month since I made my decision. It has been very difficult to wait in the shelter for news that the judges in Washington, D.C., have given me permission to proceed with my decision. I am grateful for this, and I ask that the government accept it. Please stop delaying my decision any longer.

My lawyers have told me that people around the country have been calling and writing to show support for me. I am touched by this show of love from people I may never know and from a country I am just beginning to know – to all of you, thank you.

This is my life, my decision. I want a better future. I want justice.


One Response to “Undocumented teen gets abortion after Trump admin tried to stop her”

  1. Well, after Trump replaces three more judges on the Supreme Court, we won’t have any more of THIS foolishness!


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