Judge won't order officials to allow abortion

Ken Paxton speaks at the Texas State Rifle Association General Meeting in Round Rock on Feb. 25 2017. Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

Ken Paxton speaks at the Texas State Rifle Association General Meeting in Round Rock on Feb. 25 2017. Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

But, she wrote: "Defendants prohibited me from traveling to the health care center for the examination, counseling, and abortion. feel like they are trying to coerce me to carry my pregnancy to term". A spokesperson for the Office of Refugee Resettlement said the girl and her unborn baby are receiving excellent care at the shelter.

In March, the group similarly aided a pregnant unaccompanied minor in securing a judicial bypass only to discover ORR had ordered that she be prevented from taking her second dose of abortion medication.

Federal agents also told Doe's mother she is pregnant and seeking an abortion, despite Doe's objections. "But she wants to persevere and has chose to keep going".

U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler rejected the ACLU's request for a restraining order as moot, finding the claims of an unaccompanied immigrant minor at a shelter in Texas were too unrelated to the lawsuit already filed in Beeler's court.

During the Wednesday hearing, Amiri argued that Doe's claims were closely related to the original case because both involve the government's direct or indirect actions - through its new policy and its grants to religious groups - to restrict unaccompanied immigrant minors' access to abortion.

"Today's District Court ruling comes as a serious disappointment, because it delays Jane Doe's abortion even further", said Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. The girl said she wanted the abortion because she'd seen her parents abuse one of her pregnant siblings, according to Garza. "Although the court found it couldn't hear the case, it was careful to explain that the government has no business blocking Jane Doe's abortion". "The Trump administration's action is shocking - a young woman is essentially being held hostage and forced by federal officials to continue a pregnancy against her will", said Amiri.

"A first-year law student understands that it is unconstitutional for the government to ban abortion", she said.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a pro-life advocate, also argued that immigrants who come to United States illegally do not have a "constitutional right to an abortion on demand".

A ruling in the girl's favor would "will create a right to abortion for anyone on earth who enters the US illegally", Paxton said in a statement. " He's not alone in that concern - attorney generals from Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and SC joined him on his brief".

Unaccompanied Central American children apprehended at the U.S. -Mexico border are generally turned over to facilities run by private operators on behalf of HHS, and many facilities are affiliated with religious organizations that oppose abortion. And with that right, countless others undoubtedly would follow.

Hays believes Paxton acted "unethically" when he blasted out a public email this week announcing his opposition to the Doe case and revealing sensitive information, including her South Texas location. There, she was forced to get a sonogram from a non-medical technician. "You don't talk about it publicly and you sure don't go and send a press release about it".