D.C. Appeals Court Blocks Policy that Prevents Undocumented Minors from Seeking Abortions

Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a Trump administration policy barring undocumented minors held in federal custody from obtaining an abortion. In their opinion, the Circuit Court judges wrote that “a person has a constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy” and “the government accepts the applicability of that settled framework to unaccompanied alien children in its custody.” Last year, the district court issued a preliminary injunction, preventing the Trump administration from hindering undocumented teenagers’ abilities to get an abortion or seek counseling. Today’s ruling provides an even stronger protection for young migrants against those who wish to limit their access to abortion. The case involved multiple plaintiffs who attempted to obtain abortions while in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). One of the young female plaintiffs, identified as Jane Doe, was raped in her country of origin when she was just 17 years old. She did not realize that she was pregnant until she arrived in the United States at a Texas ORR facility. While in government custody, she asked multiple times for an abortion, but was repeatedly denied. Another young woman involved was 17 when she was raped and discovered she was pregnant. Despite […]

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