ACLU, Paxton File Briefs With Supreme Court in Unauthorized Teen Abortion Case

AUSTIN — An undocumented teen in Texas has already gotten her abortion, but the state continues to push back against the decision.Unaccompanied immigrant minor “Jane Doe,” who was detained in a federally funded shelter in Texas, fought and succeeded in getting an abortion in October. The Department of Justice filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court afterward to return the decision granting Doe an abortion to a lower court to avoid setting a precedent for any future pregnant unaccompanied immigrant minors.Texas attorney general Ken Paxton and his counterparts in 10 other states filed a brief Monday supporting the federal government’s request to vacate the federal appeals court’s decision“No court has ever before recognized such broad rights for unlawfully present aliens with virtually no connections to the country,” Paxton wrote in the brief. “Under the reasoning of the courts below, there will be no meaningful limit on the constitutional rights an unlawfully present alien can invoke simply by attempting to enter this country.”Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia joined Texas on the friend-of-the-court brief.  Continue reading...

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