United States federal judge Tanya S. Chutkan has ruled that the United States government must allow a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant to receive an abortion, according to the New York Times.
According to the report, the ruling stated that “the minor, who is in federal custody and is referred to in court documents as Jane Doe, was legally entitled to an abortion and would suffer increased health risks if not given transportation to an abortion facility and access to the procedure.”
The report continued “a lawyer for the federal government argued that because the minor had chosen to remain in the United States, she could “pursue relief through voluntary departure” from the country or choose not to get an abortion.”
The U.S. government has appealed the decision.
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