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High Court Sides With Trump Administration in Abortion Case

Justices toss lower-court decision that could have helped immigrant minors get abortions
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2018 11:00 AM CDT
The Supreme Court Building in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court on Monday sided with the Trump administration in a case involving an immigrant teen's abortion. In one sense, the case is moot because the teen in question already had an abortion. But the justices tossed a lower-court ruling that allowed the abortion to take place, thus preventing the ruling from being used as a precedent by future immigrant teens who find themselves in a similar situation, reports the Washington Post. A story at Reuters agrees and sees the ruling as a "legal victory" for the Trump administration. The AP, however, is a little more restrained, suggesting that the ruling is narrow and "doesn't appear to disrupt ongoing litigation about the ability of immigrant teens in government custody to obtain abortions."

The case involved a 17-year-old who crossed from Mexico into the US and sought an abortion while in a federal detention facility. That request led to a legal fight, and an appeals court in Washington eventually sided with the teen, ruling that immigrant women in custody have the same right to an abortion as US citizens. The teen had her abortion before the Justice Department was able to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, explains UPI. The feds went ahead with the case anyway, resulting in Monday's ruling. The justices, however, rejected the government's suggestion that ACLU lawyers who assisted the teen be sanctioned. The feds had accused the ACLU legal team of misleading them about when the abortion would occur. (Read more US Supreme Court stories.)

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