An appeals court is set to review Wednesday’s decision by Judge Tanya Chutkan that an unaccompanied minor, Jane Doe, who came to the country illegally must be allowed to access an abortion. Chutkan wrote that the 17-year-old must be transported to an abortion clinic near her shelter in Texas “promptly and without delay.” She said federal officials are “restrained from interfering with or obstructing [the teen’s] access to abortion counseling or an abortion.”
The Department of Justice appealed the decision saying it “sets a dangerous precedent by opening our borders to any illegal children seeking taxpayer-supported, elective abortions.”
They add that the judge’s order “overrides the policies and procedures” of the department and that the administration “will continue to provide [children in their care] with excellent health care and protect their well-being in all our facilities.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a short ruling Thursday letting the girl go to a counseling meeting with the doctor who was scheduled to perform the abortion but halting Chutkan’s order allowing the girl to get the procedure.
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