Immigrant teen's advocates: US pushing anti-abortion agenda

October 13, 2017 - 1:45 pm

HOUSTON (AP) — Lawyers for a 17-year-old from Central America who is seeking an abortion accuse the Trump administration of wanting to stop any immigrant teens in government custody from terminating a pregnancy.

They filed a new complaint Friday in federal court in Washington, two days after a San Francisco judge said the initial complaint was filed in the wrong jurisdiction and declined to force the government to step aside.

In emails obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official tells a subordinate that facilities for unaccompanied immigrant children "should not be supporting abortion services pre or post-release." The official, Scott Lloyd, became the head of HHS' Office of Refugee Resettlement in March.

The teenager is as much as 14 weeks pregnant. She's being held in a HHS facility in Texas, which bans abortions at 20 weeks.

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