USA: Abortion Ideologues Subvert a Woman’s Rights

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Abortion Ideologues Subvert a Woman’s Rights
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
OCT. 20, 2017

Jane Doe is a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant detained in Texas who is 15 weeks pregnant and is seeking an abortion. The Constitution grants her that right, but the Trump administration is determined to subvert it as part of its war on women’s reproductive rights.

Late Friday, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled that the teenager must be allowed to have an abortion, but it gave the federal government until Oct. 31 to find her a sponsor so that the government itself does not have to arrange for the procedure. The ruling came hours after the court heard the case, in which the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement said that if it released her to see a doctor it would “facilitate” an abortion, an action it said would contradict its interest in “promoting child birth and fetal life.” The government argued that barring an abortion doesn’t place an “undue burden” on her rights because she can always go home to get one — to a Central American country that criminalizes abortion and to parents who are abusive.

Continued at source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/opinion/abortion-immigrant-texas.html

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Judge orders Trump administration to allow abortion for undocumented teen

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Judge orders Trump administration to allow abortion for undocumented teen

By Maria Sacchetti
October 18, 2017

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to allow an undocumented teenager in its custody to have an abortion, after saying she was “astounded” the Trump administration was trying to prevent the procedure.

Lawyers for Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled to U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan in Washington that the 17-year-old, who crossed the border from Mexico illegally last month, did not have a constitutional right to an elective abortion in federal custody, unless it was a medical emergency.

Continued at source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/judge-trump-administration-cancannot-block-abortion-for-pregnant-undocumented-teen/2017/10/18/82348e08-b406-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html

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USA: Immigrant Minor Held ‘Hostage’ by Texas Because She Wants Abortion Care

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Immigrant Minor Held ‘Hostage’ by Texas Because She Wants Abortion Care

Oct 11, 2017
Tina Vasquez

"The government is basically trying to argue that undocumented immigrants have zero rights, including the right to abortion."

An unaccompanied immigrant minor at a Texas shelter is being prevented from accessing abortion care by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the federal agency overseeing migrant youth crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without a guardian.

Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Reproductive Freedom Project, is seeking a temporary restraining order today to allow Jane Doe to access abortion. The teen was granted a judicial bypass from a Texas judge, allowing her to receive an abortion because her parents were not willing or able to provide consent. However, the 17-year-old has had to cancel two abortion appointments because officials are both refusing her transportation to the medical facility and refusing to allow her to leave the shelter with her guardian for the purpose of obtaining an abortion. ORR is supposed to provide transportation to minors when they need to go to court or see a doctor.

Continued at source: https://rewire.news/article/2017/10/11/immigrant-minor-held-hostage-texas-wants-abortion-care/

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U.S.: Abortion behind bars

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Abortion behind bars
Terminating a pregnancy in prison can be next to impossible
Rebecca Grant, March 16, 2017

In March 2004, a 19-year-old Arizona woman was sentenced to four months in Maricopa County jail for a DUI, shortly after discovering she was pregnant.

She asked for a delay in her sentencing hearing so she could obtain an abortion, but the prosecutor refused, saying she could obtain an abortion while on work furlough. Upon arrival at Tent City Jail, the woman, referred to in court documents as Jane Doe, immediately and repeatedly informed the jail’s health staff that she wished to terminate the pregnancy. But her request was denied. When she persisted in asking for an abortion, Doe was transferred to a facility where work furlough was not allowed and telephone access was restricted. Since county policy did not consider abortion a “medically necessary procedure,” inmates seeking an abortion had to secure a court order that allowed for transport off-site. Inmates were also required to cover the costs of security and transportation up front, as well as the cost of the procedure itself. It took Doe seven weeks to obtain a court order before she could undergo the procedure.

Continued at source: Vice: https://news.vice.com/story/abortion-behind-bars-terminating-a-pregnancy-in-prison-can-be-next-to-impossible

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For full, safe access to abortion without shame

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News Observer, August 14, 2016 5:59 AM

By Manju Rajendran

Last fall, I had the opportunity to help facilitate a gathering of abortion-stigma workers from several countries across the world who converged in Peru to share findings and troubleshoot challenges in their work.

They were medical providers, researchers, popular educators, and community organizers, and they united through Inroads, an international network for the reduction of abortion discrimination and stigma. Through their stories, I learned about repressive conditions in homes, schools, hospitals, villages, cities and disaster zones.

As participants reported on projects in Central and South America, Africa and Asia, from many different faith and cultural traditions, I found myself reckoning with painful similarities with my community’s experience trying to access safe, legal, and affordable abortion care in North Carolina.

Here, too, we are constantly defending our right to make decisions about whether to carry a pregnancy to term, and fighting to protect our access to the reproductive health care we need without shame.

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Source: News Observer

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