Friday, December 1, 2017
There is a range of penalties for illegally crossing the U.S. border. Being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term should not be one of them.
Yet that is precisely the penalty that the federal government seeks to impose on Jane Doe, an undocumented 17-year-old who, after being seized by immigration authorities, is being prevented from obtaining an abortion. J.D., as the 17-year-old is known in court filings, arrived in the U.S. unaccompanied by her parents, who she says had abused her. Now almost 16 weeks pregnant, she previously received permission from a Texas court to make her own decision about an abortion and, with the aid of a court-appointed guardian, made an appointment to obtain one.