A 17 year-old girl who crossed the border illegally from Mexico into Texas is currently being held in a facility for minors who cross the border alone while a judge determines whether or not she will be given the abortion she desires.
The girl, who is reportedly about 14 weeks pregnant, has a hearing Wednesday in San Francisco after a request was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California. The group accuses the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of refusing to let her have an abortion.
Her attorney, Rochelle Garza says the Central American teenager was taken to a crisis pregnancy center in Texas when she said she wanted an abortion. "I feel like they are trying to coerce me to carry my pregnancy to term," the girl said in a declaration filed in federal court last week, the Chicago Tribune reports. In today's hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said that she didn't understand why the case was in her courtroom as the girl has no tie to Northern California, but did not immediately issue a ruling.
The case is much bigger than this one girl, as Texas attorney general Ken Paxton points out, but saying that illegal immigrants do not have a "constitutional right to an abortion on demand." Should the court rule in favor of the young girl, Texas could see an influx of illegal immigrants seeking an abortion.
"The ruling will create a right to abortion for anyone on earth who enters the U.S. illegally," Paxton said in a statement. "And with that right, countless others undoubtedly would follow. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions."
It's not just Texas that's worried. In filing the brief, Paxton was joined by the attorneys general of Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.
Garza, meanwhile, misses the point, saying that, as abortion is legal in America, this has nothing to do with her immigration status. We beg to disagree. If her immigration is tied to an abortion, her immigration status is of the utmost importance.