Trump administration appeals ruling that allowed undocumented teen to get abortion

Trump administration appeals ruling that allowed undocumented teen to get abortion
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The Trump administration filed an appeal Thursday with the D.C. Court of Appeals aimed at blocking a judge's ruling recognizing an undocumented immigrant woman's right to an abortion.

The D.C. Court of Appeals issued an administrative stay Thursday morning as a result, potentially delaying the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, from receiving the medical procedure, according to a Rewire report.

Advocacy groups such as Justice for Jane responded to the news on Twitter, vowing to push forward with the fight.

"While this will not prevent Jane Doe from getting the required counseling today, it will prevent her from getting the abortion procedure until the court rules. We'll be back in court tomorrow morning at 10am," tweeted the American Civil Liberties Union.


"We are not backing away from this fight. We will do everything in our power to achieve swift and certain justice for our client," the group added in another tweet.

The move by the Trump administration comes just a day after it was reported that U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the government to "promptly and without delay" allow the girl to visit a nearby abortion provider.

“Just because she’s here illegally doesn’t mean she doesn’t have constitutional rights,” Chutkan said, adding she was "astounded" by the administration's position.

Doe has been fighting to have the abortion since she was first detained at the U.S. border with Mexico on Sept. 11. The girl and her lawyers claim that government officials have blocked her from visiting a nearby clinic to have the procedure. 

The ACLU sued on her behalf and initially claimed victory after their request for a court order allowing the procedure was granted Wednesday night.

"Despite the Trump administration’s attempt to stop her, Jane Doe can now get the abortion care she needs. We’ll keep fighting so that no one is forced to continue a pregnancy against her will," the ACLU tweeted before the stay was announced.