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Federal Judge Orders Government to Allow Abortion for Teenager in the U.S. Illegally

posted on October 19, 2017

NPR’s Richard Gonzales reports, “A federal judge in Washington has ordered the Trump administration to allow a detained teenager who is in the U.S. illegally to have an abortion.” Lawyers for the Trump administration argued that the 17-year-old, who is 15 weeks pregnant, does not have a constitutional right to an elective abortion because she is not a citizen. ACLU lawyer Brigitte Amiri said, “At last, our client will be able to get the care she needs without federal officials standing in the way … no one should have to go to court to get a safe, legal abortion. And no one should be held hostage to the extreme anti-abortion views of a handful of government officials.”

Read at NPR