A federal judge in Washington issued a comprehensive order on Friday that temporarily prevents the government from blocking access to abortion services for undocumented, pregnant minors held in federal custody
Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the US District Court banned the government from denying hundreds of teenagers access to medical appointments, counseling, abortion, or other care by writing that the government's practice violates adolescents (19659006) Judge Chutkan also dropped the Case will continue as a class action lawsuit involving four claimants whose cases of high profile date October 2017.
As of March 2017, the Office for Resettlement had employees at federally-funded accommodations to "take no action that would allow abortion without guidance and approval" from the director of ORR, "court documents say The Trump administration has argues that their policies do not create a so-called undue burden because undocumented adolescents seeking abortion can find one by finding a sponsor or voluntarily deporting themselves to their homeland.
"This tribunal does not state that any of these" options "mitigate the undue burden of ORR policies on detained young women," wrote Judge Chutkan, describing the government's proposal as "Hobson's Choice."
While the Office of Refugee Resettlement and its director are "certainly entitled to retain an interest in fetal life," and even prefer that pregnant teens choose one course over the other in their custody, federal officials "can neither create nor enforce Any policy that deprives "undocumented children" of their right to make their own reproductive decisions, "continued Judge Chutkan, who was appointed by President Barack Obama.
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