Trump Admin Outsmarts ACLU to Avoid Court Ruling Allowing Illegal Immigrants to Have Abortions

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 15, 2018   |   12:29PM   |   Washington, DC

The ACLU sued last week to force the Trump administration to facilitate an abortion for another illegal immigrant minor.

“Jane Moe,” 17, is the fourth pregnant immigrant who has become a pawn of abortion activists. Late last year, the pro-abortion legal group forced the administration to help another illegal immigrant minor to abort her unborn baby in Texas.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf on Jane Moe on Thursday, but just a few days later, the Department of Health and Human Services released the teen into the custody of a sponsor, The Hill reports. In doing so, the government avoided the legal battle and the potential legal precedent it could set.

The move was a surprise. According to Raw Story, the government released the girl to her sponsor two weeks earlier than expected.

ACLU attorneys were not happy with the move. The pro-abortion legal group wants a court decision that will force the government to help facilitate abortions for all young illegal immigrants.

“While we are relieved that Jane Moe is reunited with her sponsor, the government blocked her from her abortion for more than two weeks, before deliberately moving her out of their custody only when we filed to take them to court,” said ACLU attorney Brigitte Amiri in a statement to Vice.

“We continue to pursue all avenues to ensure that no other young woman like her is forced to continue a pregnancy against her will for purely political reasons,” Amiri said.

Last year, the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement adopted new, life-affirming policies under President Donald Trump’s appointee Scott Lloyd. The office oversees shelters where the immigrant children stay until a sponsor or family member can be found to care for them.

Lloyd directed the shelters not to take “any action that facilitates” an abortion for unaccompanied minors without his direct approval, and that “grantees should not be supporting abortion services … only pregnancy services and life-affirming options counseling.”

Abortion activists are angry that the government is encouraging young immigrants to choose life for their unborn babies.

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The ACLU recently filed another lawsuit against the HHS Department to force it to help facilitate abortions for all illegal immigrant minors and abandon its new pro-life policies.

In October, the ACLU convinced a court to force the office to help facilitate an abortion for the first teen, “Jane Doe.”

The 17-year-old came to the country illegally and was staying at a taxpayer-funded shelter in Texas when she requested an abortion. The shelter did not assist her, citing a new government policy that they offer life-affirming support to women and girls who are pregnant, according to Slate.

According to the report, the shelter took “Jane Doe” to a pro-life pregnancy resource center instead. The ACLU said the teen did not change her mind after receiving counseling, and scheduled an abortion; however, the shelter where she was staying refused to transport her to the appointment.

The ACLU sued on behalf of the teen, and after a series of appeals by the U.S. government and the ACLU, the pro-abortion legal group won in federal appeals court. The teen aborted her unborn baby early the next day.

Later, the Trump administration said the ACLU lied to its lawyers about when the teen’s abortion would take place, preventing it from appealing, the AP reports. Amiri and other ACLU lawyers could face disciplinary measures as a result.

News reports indicate Jane Doe needed mental health counseling after aborting her unborn child.

Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other abortion activists celebrated the news of the unborn baby’s abortion death.