Heather Clark – April 1, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice are considering their options after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Friday ordering the Trump administration to cease denying abortion access to teenagers who enter the country illegally and unaccompanied by an adult.
“The Department of Health & Human Services strongly maintains that taxpayers are not responsible for facilitating the abortion of unaccompanied minors who entered the country illegally and are currently in the government’s care,” the department said in a statement. “We are working closely with the Justice Department to review the court’s order and determine next steps.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had first filed a lawsuit on behalf of one illegal immigrant teen last year, and then two more, and now has been granted a request to make the matter a class action lawsuit.