The undocumented teen who was granted the right to have an abortion by a federal appeals court Tuesday wasted no time: The procedure was performed Wednesday before the Trump administration could mount an appeal to the decision. In response, the ACLU was overjoyed, tweeting, “Justice prevailed today for Jane doe.”
“Make no mistake, the Trump administration’s efforts to interfere in women’s decisions won’t stop with Jane Doe. We will not stop fighting until every woman has access to abortion care. #JusticeforJane,” the organization said in a subsequent tweet.
The full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a previous decision from a three-judge panel on the court that had prevented Jane Doe from getting an abortion until she is released into the custody of a sponsor. The court had given the Department of Health and Human Services until 5 p.m. on Oct. 31 to find one.
The court did not issue an opinion, but in a statement Judge Patricia Millett said the order “rights a grave constitutional wrong by the government.”
The Trump administration had argued that federal policy does not require it to help “facilitate” an abortion, but Millett noted the government was not being asked to pay for the procedure.
Jane Doe was about 15 weeks pregnant. Texas bans abortion after 20 weeks.
BREAKING: Justice prevailed today for Jane Doe. She was able to get an abortion early this morning. #JusticeforJane
— ACLU (@ACLU) October 25, 2017
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