A federal judge has ordered the government to inform all illegal immigrant minors to be informed of their right to abortion on demand in the United States.
On Friday, Judge Tanya Chutkan on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ordered the government to “immediately” provide notices – in both English and Spanish – to all illegal immigrant children – whether pregnant or not – of their rights to abortion on demand in the United States.
Chutkan – an Obama appointee – has been overseeing lawsuits regarding pregnant unaccompanied illegal immigrant teens filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and promoted by the abortion lobby in an effort to overturn the Trump administration’s pro-life policies.
The Trump administration’s policy states that federally funded shelters must not take “any action that facilitates” an abortion for an illegal immigrant minor without “approval from the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement,” who, currently, is Scott Lloyd.
Scott Lloyd’s abuse of power at @HHSGov — like receiving weekly spreadsheet info on pregnant women in ORR custody and personally blocking immigrant young people from abortion care — is unacceptable. He must go now, @SecAzar. #FireScottLloyd https://t.co/LnRSC9wHAH
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) April 15, 2018
The ACLU sued the Trump administration in October, claiming it was using “unconstitutional veto power” over abortion, and won its case before Chutkan for “Jane Doe,” who ultimately had an abortion at 11 weeks before the Trump administration could appeal the case with the Supreme Court, causing the ACLU’s actions to be considered questionable.
The Washington Times reports Chutkan ruled notices about the children’s abortion rights must be posted at their shelters or dorms, and that girls who discover they are pregnant must be notified of their “right” to abortion in their “primary spoken language.”
The notices read:
If you are pregnant, you have the right to decide whether to have the baby or to have an abortion. No one who works for the government or the shelter can force your decision either way. No one who works for the government or the shelter can tell anyone about your pregnancy or decision to have an abortion if you don’t want them to do so.
The notices also provide the phone number and email address of an ACLU attorney who will assist the pregnant child if she believes she is being pressured.
Two weeks ago, Chutkan certified a class action ordering the Department of Health and Human Services – which oversees unaccompanied illegal minors – to facilitate abortion access for any illegal immigrant who demands an abortion.
The Trump administration plans to appeal the class certification, reports the Times.
In March, BuzzFeed reported an unaccompanied illegal teen girl – known as “Jane Doe” – told a Texas judge in a closed-door meeting that she changed her mind and had decided she did not want an abortion after all. She said she felt pressured to sign a form requesting representation by a pro-abortion attorney.
In December, Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion chain – celebrated Chutkan and her decision ordering the Trump administration to allow two pregnant illegal teens to obtain abortions against the federal government’s pro-life policy:
Judge ruled the gov’t is trying to “unilaterally veto the reproductive choices of the unaccompanied minors in its custody.” That’s unconstitutional and unacceptable. https://t.co/hYEeZR6ASj #JusticeforJane
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) December 19, 2017
Scott Lloyd may think that undocumented women are not entitled to basic rights or control over their own bodies, but they deserve support and justice.
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) December 24, 2017
In the case of Roe v. Wade in 1973, the Supreme Court created a constitutional right to abortion though the Constitution never provided such a right.
Court orders gov't to inform minors here illegally they're entitled to abortion – but I'm so grateful these young people have a strong champion in Scott Lloyd @ACFHHS. I encourage HHS to stand strong & protect the innocents, born and unborn, in their care. https://t.co/vw3iggjSxn
— MarjorieDannenfelser (@marjoriesba) April 13, 2018
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) said Chutkan’s order is “outrageous.”
“This outrageous order from a pro-abortion Obama appointee is an overreach that flies in the face of American laws and values,” she asserted. “Abortion extremists at the ACLU are on a mission to force their radical agenda on vulnerable children at all costs – whether they are pregnant or not, and even if they are boys, to underscore the absurdity of the order.”
Dannenfelser added the decision is “the polar opposite” Trump’s “pro-life Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy,” and makes American taxpayers “complicit in promoting abortion over all alternatives.”
“We are grateful that these young people have a strong champion in Scott Lloyd and encourage HHS to stand strong and protect the innocents, born and unborn, in their care,” she added. “It is also of the utmost importance for President Trump and his administration to continue reforming the courts and reining in out-of-control, activist judges like Tanya Chutkan, who insert their will in place of the overwhelming American consensus and insist on creating a ‘sanctuary nation’ for abortion.”