The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Friday on behalf of two pregnant unaccompanied minors who are seeking access to abortions in the U.S. while in federal custody. The girls, both 17, were denied abortion access in the federal shelters they’re being held at due to a Trump administration policy of denying to facilitate access for the procedure.
The D.C. appeals court allowed Jane Doe, another unaccompanied minor, to obtain an abortion in October. The government attorneys are alleging that the ACLU misled them as to the timing of Doe’s abortion and have petitioned the Supreme Court to vacate the decision and reprimand the ACLU attorneys.
The case is being heard Monday by Judge Tanya Chutkan, who ruled in Jane Doe’s favor in the October case. The teens in the lawsuit, referred to as Jane Roe and Jane Poe, are 10 weeks and 22 weeks pregnant.
The second teen, Jane Poe, said she did not want an abortion as recently as December 4th and is fast approaching a stage of pregnancy, past 22 weeks, where she cannot legally obtain an abortion.