Undocumented Teen Must Be Allowed to Get Abortion: Judge

Ruling comes in ACLU case that made headlines
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 18, 2017 5:44 PM CDT
Undocumented Teen Must Be Allowed to Get Abortion: Judge
Abortion rights supporters chant pro-choice slogans during a rally outside of the Planned Parenthood South Dallas Surgical Health Services Center, Saturday morning, Feb. 11, 2017 in Dallas.   (Ben Torres/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

A judge has ordered the federal government to allow a pregnant 17-year old immigrant who entered the country illegally to undergo an abortion, the AP reports. US District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered Wednesday that authorities either transport the woman or allow her to be transported by others to the clinic. The case originated in Texas, where the unnamed woman is being held by federal immigration authorities, and was brought to the Washington court by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The woman has already received a court order permitting her to have the abortion, but officials refused to transport her or temporarily release her so supporters could transport her to the clinic. In a testy exchange with government lawyers Wednesday, Judge Chutkan said she was "astounded" by the government's position. A new report says this teen is not the only one who has been prevented from getting an abortion, read more here. (More abortion stories.)

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