Appeals court paves way for undocumented teen to have abortion

Friday, 27 Oct, 2017

While the abortion makes the legal controversy moot, the implications of this case will hang over the courts and the political debate over abortion for some time, in part because of the eerie Handmaid's Tale parallels it invokes of a theocratic government treating a pregnant woman as a breeding asset of the state rather than an autonomous individual.

Judge Patricia Millett, who was vindicated by Tuesday's decision.

Doe had received the legal authorization for an abortion weeks ago, on September 25.

Andrew Walker, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's director of policy studies, tweeted following announcement of the abortion, "Remember that for groups like the @ACLU, a murdered child is a cause for rejoicing. God, have mercy on us".

"I was placed in a shelter for children", Doe wrote in a statement released today. "The teenager [in Texas] has overcome extreme obstacles, she's come to this country by herself and she's taken steps to get an abortion, but she is still denied and held hostage against her will and forced to carry to term", she said.

"They are holding her hostage to ensure that she does not have an abortion, but rather continues the pregnancy, and has a baby, against her will", the ACLU complaint reads. "People I don't even know are trying to make me change my mind. I say wrongheadedly because at least to me the answer is plainly - and easily - no", she said.

On Oct. 20, a three-judge appellate panel ruled that Doe would not be allowed immediately to obtain the abortion. Jane wants an abortion and secured funding for it - but Trump administration officials have been blocking her from getting the care she needs. Described by her attorneys as being in her second trimester, Doe had received an order from a Texas state judge that said she could have the procedure without parental consent.

The appeals court agreed to delay the procedure unless the Department of Health and Human Services can find a sponsor for the teen by October 31.

HHS has a policy against facilitating abortion, a government brief has said, adding that the teen could easily get the abortion done by returning to her own Central American country.

The dispute raises the question about whether illegal immigrant women have the same rights to an abortion - as established by the Supreme Court - as USA residents.

Politico reported three Republican appointees on the court opposed the abortion demand. They are preying on the most defenseless women, but they won't stop there. "This is not the law".

[T] oday's decision rights a grave constitutional wrong by the government. Any later, and an abortion is only permitted in the case of a medical emergency.

Texas abortion provider and Physicians for Reproductive Rights fellow Kathryn McClellan, MD, MSc, says making women who have made a decision to have this procedure wait to go through with it is both irresponsible and cruel. "I don't feel sure about having a child".

Millett noted Doe's abortion would be paid for with private funds. A majority of the full court then voted to reinstate the Chutkan order from last week. "It's clear that their anti-woman, anti-abortion, anti-immigration agenda is unchecked by basic decency or even the bounds of the law", said Brigitte Amiri of the ACLU. With this case we have seen the astounding lengths this administration will go to block women from abortion care.