A federal judge ruled last week that the Trump administration must help pregnant minors caught illegally crossing the U.S. border obtain abortions. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan sided with the American Civil Liberties Union, which has argued since last year on behalf of “all pregnant, unaccompanied minor children who are or will be in the legal custody of the federal government.”
Last year, the ACLU procured abortions for four teen immigrants against the federal government’s argument that it is not obligated to facilitate abortions for illegal immigrants. A fifth pregnant teen immigrant withdrew her request for an abortion, saying in a written statement she had been pressured into requesting the procedure.
The Trump administration can appeal Chutkan’s decision, but that would send the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia, which last year sided with the ACLU. —S.G.