A federal judge threw out a suit Wednesday from an unaccompanied minor from Central America who sued the Trump administration for denying her access to an abortion during her detention in a federally funded immigration facility in Texas.
While the ACLU, which represents the minor, Jane Doe, in the case, is still reviewing its options, she will be forced to carry this pregnancy to term unless a court intervenes, according to Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project.
“No one should have to go through that,” Amiri said.
In the ruling, the judge noted that the Trump administration can’t legally prevent unaccompanied minors from getting abortions. But because the plaintiff was in Texas, the judge held, her case shouldn’t have been heard in California, where it had been joined with another federal case challenging religious-affiliated detention centers denying abortions, according to the ACLU.
Authored by Glen McStanly