U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan finds that pregnant illegal alien girls in U. S. custody have a constitutional right to an abortion. Judge Chutkan, appointed to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. by President Obama, ordered the Trump administration to ordered late Friday to grant pregnant illegal alien girls in U.S. custody unfettered access to abortions.
As we reported previously, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services warned that Chutkan’s ruling could result in the U.S. becoming a sanctuary for “taxpayer-supported abortions by minors crossing the border illegally.” According to the Washington Times, Judge Chutkan rejected that warning and the government’s solution of suggesting the girls be deported to their home countries, where they would be free to take whatever steps they wanted:
“This court will not sanction any policy or practice that forces vulnerable young women to make such a choice,” Judge Chutkan said, referring to the minor girls in question.
Judge Chutkan granted class-action status to all pregnant illegal immigrant teens who came to the U.S. as unaccompanied alien children (UAC) and imposed a nationwide policy that the government make them aware they can have abortions, and requiring facilitation by government officials.
Judge Chutkan goes further than her previous Ruling which allowed several UAC girls to have abortions, and imposes a new policy the government must follow in all future cases.
Chutkan’s earlier ruling granting specific illegal aliens abortion access was initially overturned by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. But the full D.C. circuit then stepped in and overturned the panel. The Trump administration had asked the Supreme Court to hear that earlier ruling. The justices have yet to decide whether they will.