Stop Blocking Young Women’s Access to Safe Abortions
Update (12/21/2017): Scott Lloyd and the Trump administration are trying to force two more young immigrant women – Jane Roe and Jane Poe – to stay pregnant against their will. We fought for their rights in court – and both women have been released and finally got the abortions they wanted.
But the story gets more unreal: Scott Lloyd and ORR claimed that they denied Jane Poe's abortion request based on her best interest. But a document we fought to get released shows that was a lie. Jane Poe was pregnant as a result of rape, and the new document makes clear that ORR rejected her decision because they oppose abortion in all circumstances. The Trump administration’s extreme ideology is exposed: they want to force women to stay pregnant against their will. We won't rest until we have justice for ALL Janes.
The Trump administration’s anti-choice Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Scott Lloyd is systemically and illegally denying young immigrant women their rights to safe abortion care.
Forcing young women to undergo pregnancies against their will? This is not only clearly unconstitutional – it’s unconscionable.
We took Lloyd and company to court for blocking a 17-year-old immigrant woman, “Jane Doe,” from getting an abortion. The court said it was “astounded by the government’s position and agreed with us immediately: forcing a young woman to carry a pregnancy to term against her will violates the U.S. constitution and is clearly illegal.
Now new documents reveal that Scott Lloyd knew that another young woman – “Jane Poe” – was pregnant as a result of rape and that her mind was made up about wanting an abortion. He still denied her right to abortion care. This exposes the Trump administration’s extreme anti-abortion ideology: they oppose abortion no matter the circumstances.
These stories aren’t isolated. The administration’s no-abortion policy applies to all unaccompanied immigrant youth in its custody, and many have horrifyingly similar tales to tell.
That’s why we need you to speak up. We have to change the administration’s brutal policy about the health of young immigrant women. What kind of country will we be if we allow this to continue?
The administration must stop forcing its ideological agenda, driven by personal religious views, on young people in its charge.
Tell Scott Lloyd and the Office of Refugee Resettlement to stop breaking the law and stop denying young immigrant women their constitutional right to safe abortion care.
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