ACLU: Trump admin moves to block abortion for fourth undocumented minor

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The abortion activist group hopes to convince the Supreme Court to extend legalized abortion to undocumented people.

The latest young woman, referred to as "Jane Moe" in court filings, has not received a court date so far, but Ms Amiri says she expects one promptly.

In three earlier cases, the judge ordered the administration to allow immigrant teens to end their pregnancies.

Lawyers for a fourth pregnant immigrant teen in federal custody asked a judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to quickly intervene to allow the teen to terminate her pregnancy.

"I would like to obtain an abortion as soon as possible", the teen said in a sworn affidavit translated to her so she could understand it.

The American Civil Liberties Union is representing the girl and also seeking an order that would apply to future cases. It is unclear where the girl is being held or when she came to the United States.

The ACLU will continue pressing its original lawsuit, which Roe, Poe, and Moe joined, challenging the Trump administration's contention that it has the authority to prevent undocumented minors in its custody from receiving abortions.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the federal agency responsible for unaccompanied immigrant minors, has implemented a blanket policy prohibiting abortion, in all circumstances except if the person's life is in danger.

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In mid October, HHS reported that it now was caring for 43 pregnant illegal immigrant girls. The DOJ filed a Supreme Court petition in the case of Doe in November, arguing that ACLU attorneys misled them as to the timing of her abortion before they had a chance to file an appeal in the case.

This hasn't stopped the Trump administration from continuing to restrict abortion access for migrant teens.

Under the Trump administration's policy, ORR also required Ms. Moe to visit a so-called crisis pregnancy center, an organization whose sole goal is to discourage pregnant woman from having abortions.

"No one should be shamed for making the right decision for themselves", Jane Doe said in a statement released by the group in October. Dalven went on to note the challenge the Trump administration has posed for young undocumented immigrants seeking abortions.

News reports indicate the teen also needed mental health counseling after aborting her unborn child.

"The Jane in this case, Jane Moe - who entered the country illegally - has the option to voluntarily depart to her home country or find a suitable sponsor", a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, of which the ORR is a part, told Buzzfeed News in a statement. "Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions".

"Jane Doe", the undocumented teenager at the center of the court battle, aborted her 16-week unborn baby on October 25, barely a day after a federal appeals court forced Trump administration officials to help facilitate the abortion. In the process of defending against the lawsuit, the Trump administration found that a fourth teenager involved in the case, "Jane Roe", was actually found to be 19 years old and not a minor and transferred her to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. The shelter did not assist her, citing a new government policy that they offer life-affirming support to women and girls who are pregnant, according to Slate.

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