Following the highly controversial case in which a federal appeals court ruled to allow an illegal immigrant minor (who’s name and county of origin were withheld) to have an abortion in the United States, Attorneys General from 11 states have joined the Trump administration in urging the Supreme Court to vacate the lower court’s decision.
Even though the illegal immigrant minor already had her abortion, the Attorneys General are asking the decision be reversed out of concern for the affect it could have on jurisprudence both in terms of precedent and actual cost in human life in future similar scenarios.
The ACLU represented the young girl in the case and the abortion industry loudly praised the outcome. At the time of the case, the teen was staying in a Texas government facility. The federal appeals court ruled that the Texas government must facilitate her abortion. Tragically, less than twenty-four hours after the decision was handed down, on October 25th, the girl did indeed abort her 16-week-old baby.
After the decision was handed down the Trump administration accused the ACLU of lying to its lawyers about when the girl’s abortion would take place.
According to the Associated Press:
“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 Friday, adding that “discipline may be warranted against Jane Doe’s attorneys.”
In other words, the girl’s abortion was moved up and neither the ACLU lawyers or the Department of Justice were notified of the change in schedule. This was a deliberate move by the ACLU to prohibit judicial review and a possible overturn of the federal appeals court decision by the Supreme Court.
The seventeen year-old was placed into custody in September after entering the country illegally the month prior to having her abortion. While in custody in the taxpayer-funded, government facility she learned that she was pregnant, and obtained a court order allowing her to have an abortion. However, federal officials refused to transport her to an abortion facility or allow her to be temporarily released so that someone else could take her to have the abortion done.
According to Lifenews, “Earlier this year under President Donald Trump’s administration, the Office of Refugee Resettlement issued a new policy requiring that taxpayer-funded shelters for immigrants and refugees offer life-affirming support to women and girls who are pregnant.”