Undocumented Teenager Obtains Abortion After Court Victory

By: Manny Fernandez, The New York Times, October 25, 2017

HOUSTON — A pregnant undocumented teenager in federal custody whose attempt to have an abortion set off a monthlong legal battle with the Trump administration terminated her pregnancy on Wednesday morning. She underwent the procedure a day after a court ruling forced federal officials to allow it.

The teenager, who is 17 and is identified in court documents as Jane Doe, illegally crossed the border in Texas in early September and was apprehended. Her pregnancy was discovered during a physical exam, and since then she had been fighting in court to have an abortion.

In a statement released by her lawyers and her court-appointed guardian, Jane Doe, who had been nearly 16 weeks pregnant, wrote of coming to the United States with dreams of one day becoming a nurse, and of not being ready to be a parent.

In addition, a government watchdog group, Campaign for Accountability, has asked the inspector general with the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the refugee resettlement agency, to investigate whether Mr. Lloyd had broken federal law in his dealings with pregnant unaccompanied minors.

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