Do Immigrants Have the Right to an Abortion?
On October 20th, a federal court judge temporarily denied a 17 year old Jane Doe the right to an abortion because she was in America without an adult and had not yet found a American sponsor. The judge over her case also acknowledged that the 16 week pregnant Jane Doe might not be able to find a sponsor in a enough time to beat the 20 week deadline that stops all abortions in the state of Texas.
In court, the Trump administration said that it has a new policy of refusing to “facilitate” abortions for unaccompanied minors taken into federal custody after crossing the border illegally. The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the teen, said that policy violates the minors’ constitutional right to an abortion in the United States.
Ariane De Vogue, a Supreme Court reporter for CNN says, "The Trump administration had tried to block the young woman from leaving the shelter to have an abortion with several court filings..."
The teenage Jane Doe commented to de Vogue that she came to the US in search of a better life. She said, "My journey wasn't easy, but I came here with hope in my heart to build a life I can be proud of." Jane Doe believes that no one should feel any different about themselves for making a life decision to better themselves.
An appeals court later ruled that Jane Doe could receive the abortion and had to be escorted by the Texas youth shelter she was staying with.
After the ruling, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated, "This ruling not only cost a life, it could pave the way for anyone outside the United States to unlawfully enter and obtain an abortion. Life and the Constitution are sacred. We lost some of both today."
Jane Doe's lawyer, Brigitte Amiri, stated, "With this case we have seen the astounding lengths this administration will go to block women from abortion care. We will not stop fighting until we have justice for every woman like Jane."
Doe said,"I dream about studying, becoming a nurse, and one day working with the elderly ... This is my life, my decision. I want a better future. I want justice."
This article was edited on November 29th @ 12:33PM.