Trump’s Administration Is Blocking An Undocumented Teen From Having An Abortion (HBO)

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There have been further delays in the case of Jane Doe, an undocumented 17 year old from Central America who has fought the Trump administration to get an abortion in Texas. On Wednesday, Jane Doe received an initial victory from a district judge who chastised federal officials for their treatment of Jane Doe and ruled that she had a legal right to the abortion. This morning Jane was released from her federally-contracted shelter and escorted to an abortion clinic, where she received a counseling in anticipation of an abortion procedure she scheduled for Friday. But as her appointment ended, Jane and her legal team learned that the DC District Court of Appeals granted the Justice Department a temporary administrative stay on her case.

Jane Doe has desired an abortion since early September and has raised private funds to cover the procedure’s cost. On September 25 she received a bypass from a Texas state judge, granting her the right to go forward with her appointments. Her shelter has refused to comply, as the federal government has argued that undocumented minors in their facilities don’t have a right to abortion. According to her attorneys, Jane has been constantly surveilled by shelter staff and has been given pro-life counseling instead. Jane Doe is now 15 weeks pregnant in a state that denies abortions beyond 20 weeks. 

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