Undocumented Teen Finally Obtains Abortion After Trump Administration Tried for Weeks to Deny Right

On Wednesday morning, an unnamed teenager called "Jane Doe" in legal documents obtained an abortion that the Trump administration has tried viciously to prevent.


The 17-year-old had already received permission from the state of Texas before the Trump administration tried to claim, to the chagrin of any serious legal scholar, that the girl needed permission from director Scott Lloyd of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, because she was staying in a shelter run by ORR.

On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Trump administration had to allow the abortion.

In a concurring opinion, Judge Patricia Millett said the government was making an argument that the minor would need to escape her circumstances like a "legal Houdini" to obtain a constitutionally protected right. Millet directly called the Trump administration's argument “constitutionally untenable."

The teenager released a statement after the ruling thanking the American people for supporting her.

"My lawyers have told me that people around the country have been calling and writing to show support for me," she wrote. "I am touched by this show of love from people I may never know and from a country I am just beginning to know—to all of you, thank you."

The teenager said she plans to go to school to become a nurse and work with elderly populations.

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