Undocumented Pregnant Teen in Texas Again Sues to Have an Abortion

AUSTIN — After defeat in one federal court, a pregnant undocumented minor has taken her fight to have an abortion to another one, with a new approach."Jane Doe," a 17-year-old unaccompanied immigrant, is suing the federal agencies responsible for her care to allow her and other unaccompanied immigrant minors to obtain abortions.Doe’s court-appointed guardian, Rochelle Garza, filed the lawsuit Friday in a Washington, D.C., federal court against the heads of the agencies: the Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Refugee Resettlement. A hearing will be held Wednesday. The lawsuit claims that because Doe has a judicial bypass, which allows minors to have abortions without the knowledge or consent of their legal guardians, the refugee office's refusal to allow Doe to get an abortion is breaking Texas law.The lawsuit also says that Doe has been forced to view sonograms against her will at an anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center and that someone informed her mother she was pregnant, violating her constitutional rights.  Continue reading...

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