A teen who illegally entered Texas seeking an abortion has hit another roadblock as a judge in California has refused to weigh in on her case.
In Texas, she has not been given an abortion, but was brought to a crisis pregnancy center. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has argued that illegal immigrants do not have a "constitutional right to an abortion on demand." The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed with a court in Northern California seeking an outcome more sympathetic to their political leanings, but Paxton objects:
"The ruling will create a right to abortion for anyone on earth who enters the U.S. illegally. And with that right, countless others undoubtedly would follow. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions."
U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler rejected the ACLU's request for a restraining order against those preventing her from getting an abortion Wednesday, saying that the claims were not relevant to her courtroom in Northern California. Beeler did, however, share her opinion on the matter, saying that the government “cannot justify actively preventing a woman from getting an abortion."
ACLU attorney Brigitte Amiri said in a statement: “Today’s District Court ruling comes as a serious disappointment, because it delays Jane Doe’s abortion even further. 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.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Administration for Children and Families, which runs the Office of Refugee Resettlement, insists they are doing their job well. Their sole aim is to “to provide food, shelter and care," and, as they said in a statement, “In this specific case, we are providing excellent care to the adolescent girl and her unborn child, who remain under our care until the mother’s release."
The attorneys general of Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina have joined Attorney General Paxton of Texas in insisting that states not be forced to allow abortions for illegal immigrants, lest they become destination sites for just that.