Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, December 1, 2017

Abortion Rights Not Just for US Citizens

From Bloomberg:

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.
Read more here.

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