Trump refugee chief keeps spreadsheet of teens who want abortions: report

Trump refugee chief keeps spreadsheet of teens who want abortions: report
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The Trump administration's director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement has directed staff to provide him with a consistently-updated spreadsheet of unaccompanied minors in custody seeking abortions, The New York Times reports.

Scott Lloyd, the top official in charge of refugees at the Department of Health and Human Services, instructed HHS staff to keep an updated spreadsheet each week that details how many minors traveling without their parents are requesting abortion services and how far along they are in their pregnancy.

Lloyd has called for counseling for these girls from "life-affirming" sources, including directing staff to inform one girl about what happens to a fetus during an abortion procedure, the Times reports.

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The Trump official previously worked at the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group, and claims on his resume to have been the "architect" behind the design of a late-term abortion ban in six states.

The news comes months after it was reported that Lloyd tried to block a minor teen in the U.S. illegally who was impregnated after being raped from receiving an abortion. A court eventually ruled that Lloyd was not allowed to block the teen from receiving the procedure.

"Certainly, it is understandable that a woman who is pregnant from the vile actions of a criminal would want to terminate her pregnancy," Lloyd wrote in a December memo to staff. 

"But I cannot authorize our program to participate in the abortion requested here, even in this most difficult case."

Lloyd argued in February that he does not believe minors who come to the U.S. illegally have a constitutional right to the procedure.

The ACLU, which represented the minor in her battle with HHS in December, celebrated the ruling at the time and vowed to fight the Trump administration's attempts to block abortions.

“The judge’s decision is a reminder that both the law and justice are on our side. We’ve already seen the courts rule in favor of Jane Doe, and today justice prevailed for two more young women like her,” Brigitte Amiri, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.

“Unfortunately, the Trump administration has shown no indication that they’ll abandon their cruel and dystopian crusade to block abortion access for some of the most marginalized people in our country. We’re prepared to keep fighting for as long as we need to.”