December 19, 2017
Pro-lifers were worried that if the government facilitated the abortion of an illegal teen, it would create an opening for other moms to demand the same. It didn't take long for the Left to prove them right.
When the ACLU scurried Jane Doe away for the procedure early one October morning, the Justice Department was outraged. Although the courts had given the green light for the abortion, the DOJ was still in the middle of an appeal. To stop them from filing it, the ACLU is being accused of lying to Justice officials about the timing of the appointment. "The government asked to be kept informed of the timing of Ms. Doe's abortion procedure, and one of respondent's counsel agreed to do so," the Department argued. In a rare and commendable move to hold the ACLU accountable, Attorney General Jeff Sessions's team is taking the matter all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where they're demanding disciplinary action.
In the end, though, the 17-year-old got the abortion: destroying her innocent unborn baby and effectively turning the United States into a sanctuary country for abortion. Now, at least two more illegal immigrants want to follow in Doe's footsteps. In a pair of lawsuits, anti-life activists are lobbying the courts to give these minors -- who didn't enter the country legally -- access to abortion (potentially funded by taxpayers). On Monday, a federal judge was all too quick to comply, insisting that if these girls were "forced" to "remain pregnant against their will" (as the ACLU phrased it), they "will both suffer irreparable injury in the form of, at a minimum, increased risk to their health, and perhaps the permanent inability to obtain a desired abortion to which they are legally entitled."
The ACLU's own terminology in this case ("pushed further into their pregnancies") shows the pro-abortion lobby for what it is, FRC's Travis Weber points out, "a morally bankrupt cause in which harm is good, up is down, dark is light, and death is life. Such a perspective is completely bereft of moral substance, and reveals a callousness toward human life which we will look back on 50 years from now and ask: What have we done?"
Trump's HHS, which is the agency overseeing the girls' care, released a statement after the decision expressing their frustration with the judge's activism. "We are deeply disappointed in the decision to grant a temporary restraining order that will compel HHS to facilitate abortions for minors when they are not medically necessary. HHS-funded facilities that provide temporary shelter and care for unaccompanied alien minors should not become way stations for these children to get taxpayer-facilitated abortions."
Even so, the White House isn't giving up. After yesterday's ruling, the administration continued to argue that it "has strong and constitutionally legitimate interests in promoting its interest in life, in refusing to facilitate abortion, and in not providing incentives for pregnant minors to illegally cross the border to obtain elective abortions while in federal custody." Despite a narrow 24-hour window for appeal, Sessions's attorneys did. Now, they await the fate -- not just of their case -- but of two innocent lives, who should have never had to fight for safety on American soil to begin with.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.