A Federal Court Just Ruled The Government Can’t Stop Immigrant Teens From Getting Abortions

After month’s of duking it out with the Trump administration over the rights of detained immigrant minors to get abortions, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) finally had a win. 

According to NBC News, “A federal court in Washington told the Trump administration Friday that the government can’t interfere with the ability of pregnant immigrant teens being held in federal custody to obtain abortions.”

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The ACLU made the following statement regarding the ruling:

Twitter showed its appreciation for the ACLU’s hard work:

Boasting a policy of “refusing to facilitate” abortions, the Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for overseeing children who enter the country illegally, unaccompanied by a parent. 

Scott Lloyd, the director of the department, has stated that he doesn’t think these young women have a constitutional right to an abortion. He has also expressed his personal views, which oppose abortion altogether. Since he became director of the department in March 2017, he hasn’t approved a single abortion. 

Blind to the humanity of the issue, all some people care about is who’s paying the cost:

The ACLU has been embroiled in a lawsuit on behalf of the pregnant minors since last year. 

This new ruling prevents the government from “interfering with or obstructing” access to abortions and abortion counseling for pregnant minors who entered the country illegally and are being held in federal custody. The order is in effect for the duration of the ongoing lawsuit. 

The judge who issued the order also determined that the case will be allowed to move forward as a class action lawsuit.

Emotions regarding the issue ran high on Twitter:

Cheers to this:

H/T: NBC News, Twitter