Red State Fights Undocumented Minor Seeking Abortion
Amongst their plethora of crimes, the Republican Party’s “War on Women” continues to be the most under-covered. Since Trump, an admitted sexual assaulter, was elected, the United States has taken up policies that limit female access to abortion. Literally two days after he got elected, Trump reinstated a ban on foreign aid to groups that give counseling options on abortion. Even if one goes all the way back to his campaign trail, readers may recall Trump’s support for punishing any person who got an abortion.
The recent months have been particularly horrible for women as both red states and the White House have taken initiatives against abortion access, from the President appointing a team of horrible people to lead the anti-abortion crusade to attempting to remove access to birth control courtesy of gutting the Affordable Care Act’s provision on it.
As Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood, put it:
“The Trump administration just took direct aim at birth control coverage for 62 million women. This is an unacceptable attack on basic health care that the vast majority of women rely on. With this rule in place, any employer could decide that their employees no longer have health insurance coverage for birth control.”
Now we are seeing a new horror story unveiling in Texas as a minor is attempting to get an abortion amidst harsh resistance from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Publicly named Jane Doe for the sake of protecting her privacy, what makes this case particularly harsh are a couple of factors. One, the girl is undocumented, and therefore liable to even more ridiculous restrictions by the misogynistic lawmakers running that state, and two she is 14 weeks pregnant: in other words, past the point where Roe v. Wade could directly protect her (i.e. within the first trimester).
What happened was Doe illegally crossed the border and attempted to schedule a meeting with an abortion clinic to discuss possibly going through with one, only to be stopped by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, lead by Scott Lloyd. Her case has luckily been taken up by the ACLU. Though there is a Trump era ruling that bars unaccompanied minors from having an abortion, the ACLU is planning on fighting the case on the grounds of whether or not undocumented immigrants have the same rights in the US as full-fledged citizens (which many past Supreme Court cases have said is the case).
Things have reportedly gotten so bad that Texas has actively begun violating the teenager:
“While the young woman has legal authority to obtain an abortion, the federal government has stepped in to block her from being transported to a clinic. They instead required her to visit a religiously affiliated “Crisis Pregnancy Center” to undergo counseling to continue the pregnancy, and she was required to have a sonogram conducted by non-medical personnel against her will.”
We wish the ACLU the best of luck in fighting these idiots.
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