An undocumented teen is pregnant and in custody. Can the U.S. stop her from getting an abortion?
The ACLU alleges that federal employees in Texas went as far as to visit the girl to talk her out of the procedure and took her to a Christian "crisis pregnancy center," where she allegedly received an ultrasound against her will.
Lawyers are seeking an emergency restraining order preventing the government from interfering with the girl's plan to undergo an abortion and a preliminary injunction to protect others in her situation. The hearing is at noon in U.S. District Court in Washington.
The Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for caring for detained unaccompanied minors, said this week that "there is no constitutional right" for an immigrant minor to get an elective abortion while in federal custody. Officials said they are required to care for immigrant children and teens through the program, including an "unborn baby."
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