USA – Do Migrant Teenagers Have Abortion Rights? Two Volatile Issues Collide in Court

Do Migrant Teenagers Have Abortion Rights? Two Volatile Issues Collide in Court

By Robert Pear
Sept. 29, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is claiming broad new authority to block access to abortions sought by undocumented immigrants under age 18 who are in its custody.

In a case that brings together two of the most volatile issues in American society, immigration and abortion, the Justice Department argued this past week before a federal appeals court that the government “has a strong, legitimate and profound interest in the life of the child in the womb.”

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/us/politics/court-abortion-immigrants.html

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USA – ‘Your decisions affect real people’: the lawyer who represented an immigrant teen in her fight to get an abortion explains why she testified against Brett Kavanaugh

'Your decisions affect real people': the lawyer who represented an immigrant teen in her fight to get an abortion explains why she testified against Brett Kavanaugh

Sep 8, 2018
Grace Panetta

After lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh over three action-packed days, they listened on Friday to multiple witnesses who testified for or against Kavanaugh. Those people include the lawyer whose client he ruled against last year in the case of an undocumented teen seeking an abortion.

Rochelle Garza represented the 17 year-old girl, known as Jane Doe, in the case Garza v. Hargan. The case began as a suit against the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) over their decision to block Jane, who was detained in an ORR facility, from receiving an abortion. They did so by refusing to transport her to her appointment, even after she received the proper approval from a judge.

Continued; https://www.businessinsider.com/rochelle-garza-immigration-abortion-case-testifies-against-kavanaugh-2018-9

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USA: Coercion Is at the Heart of Social Conservatives’ Reproductive Health Agenda

Coercion Is at the Heart of Social Conservatives’ Reproductive Health Agenda
Joerg Dreweke, Guttmacher Institute
First published online: February 7, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

Coercive intent and practices are at the core of social conservatives’ reproductive health agenda, including virtually every reproductive health–related initiative from the Trump administration and social conservatives in Congress over the past year.
Coercion can take many forms, including withholding information, obstructing access to health services or providers, attempting to ban services outright and empowering third parties to impose their views on others.
Such coercive measures particularly target people who are in vulnerable positions, for instance because of their immigration status, youth or lack of financial resources.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2018/02/coercion-heart-social-conservatives-reproductive-health-agenda

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Trump administration seeks to deny fourth undocumented immigrant right to abortion

Trump administration seeks to deny fourth undocumented immigrant right to abortion

Courts have allowed the other women to get abortions, but stopped short of striking down the government's overall policy

Clark Mindock, New York
Thursday 11 January 2018

The Trump administration is attempting to block another undocumented immigrant in federal custody from seeking an abortion for the fourth time in as many months.

A 17-year-old girl has been “pushed.. further into her pregnancy” after the federal government denied her attempt to get an abortion — with her own money — two weeks ago, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-abortion-deny-woman-aclu-undocumented-immigrant-rights-a8154686.html

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USA: It Always Comes Down to Abortion

It Always Comes Down to Abortion

Katie McDonough
Jan 5, 2017

In the final months of 2017, the Trump administration tried and failed to block three undocumented teenagers from getting abortions while in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. In each case, the young women sought access to the procedure only to be refused by the agency, which cited a policy issued in March barring “any action that facilitates” abortion for unaccompanied minors, including “scheduling appointments, transportation, or other arrangements,” unless approved by agency director Scott Lloyd.

That approval would likely never come, even in cases of rape, because, according to a letter from Lloyd, to allow minors in ORR custody to terminate their pregnancies would be the equivalent of “being asked to participate in killing a human being in our care.”

Continued at source: https://splinternews.com/it-always-comes-down-to-abortion-1821812298

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USA: Immigrant teen denied abortion threatened to hurt herself

Immigrant teen denied abortion threatened to hurt herself
The Associated Press
Nomaan Merchant

December 22, 2017

HOUSTON — An immigrant teen who was denied an abortion by a U.S. government official, even though her pregnancy was caused by rape, had threatened to harm herself if she was forced to have the child, according to a government memo released Friday.

The memo is addressed to Scott Lloyd, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which shelters thousands of unaccompanied immigrant minors in the U.S. without legal permission. The American Civil Liberties Union posted the memo as part of its ongoing lawsuit over abortion access for immigrant minors in custody.

Continued at source: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/immigrant-teen-denied-abortion-threatened-to-hurt-herself

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USA: Underage refugee rape victims barred from abortions because it’s ‘in their best interest’, says Trump official

Underage refugee rape victims barred from abortions because it's 'in their best interest', says Trump official

''I am mindful that abortion is offered by some as a solution to a rape' says Trump official

Mythili Sampathkumar New York
Friday 22 December 2017

The administration of US President Donald Trump has said it bars abortions for refugee minors who were raped because it is in their “best interest”.

According to court documents in the case of a 17-year-old alleged rape victim in federal detention who tried to get an abortion, the head of the US Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and noted anti-abortion activist E. Scott Lloyd said in a memo: "I am convinced that assisting with an abortion in this case is not in her best interest.”

Continued at source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/refugee-rape-victims-underage-no-abortion-us-donald-trump-orr-aclu-e-lloyd-minors-children-a8124761.html

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USA: After Obstruction by the Trump Administration, Path Cleared for Jane Roe and Jane Poe to Receive Abortions

After Obstruction by the Trump Administration, Path Cleared for Jane Roe and Jane Poe to Receive Abortions

ACLU’s Fight Against Administration Policy Continues
December 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — In the case of Garza v. Hargan, today the U.S. government announced it is releasing Jane Roe on her own recognizance.

The following statement is from Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project:

Continued at source: https://www.aclu.org/news/after-obstruction-trump-administration-path-cleared-jane-roe-and-jane-poe-receive-abortions

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USA: Federal court clears way for immigrant teen to get abortion

Federal court clears way for immigrant teen to get abortion
By Jessica Gresko | AP October 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared the way for a 17-year-old immigrant held in custody in Texas to obtain an abortion.

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 6-3 that new dates should be set for the teen to obtain the procedure. The ruling overruled a decision by a three-judge panel of the court that at least temporarily blocked her from getting an abortion. The Trump administration could still appeal Tuesday’s decision to the Supreme Court.

Continued at source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/federal-court-clears-way-for-immigrant-teen-to-get-abortion/2017/10/24/98138eb2-b8f3-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html

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US court blocks immigrant teenager’s bid to obtain abortion

US court blocks immigrant teenager's bid to obtain abortion

US government has until 31 October to approve a sponsor who could help the 17-year-old obtain an abortion
Reuters

Saturday 21 October 2017

A US appeals court on Friday prevented an illegal immigrant teenager detained by the government from immediately obtaining an abortion, although it left open the possibility she could undergo the procedure within days.

The decision by a US court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit panel gave the government until 31 October to approve a sponsor, who could help the 17-year-old obtain the procedure without the government’s assistance.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/21/us-court-blocks-immigrant-teengers-bid-to-obtain-abortion

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