Government says teen’s lawyers misled them in abortion case

ACLU Legal Director David Cole defended his organization’s lawyers. “This administration has gone to astounding lengths to block this young woman from getting an abortion. Now, because they were unable to stop her, they are raising baseless questions about our conduct. Our lawyers acted in the best interest of our client and in full compliance with the court orders and federal and Texas law. That government lawyers failed to seek judicial review quickly enough is their fault, not ours,” Cole said in a statement. Cole told The Associated Press in an interview that he believes the government is largely making a political point in filing with the Supreme Court and “seeking to both deflect blame and belatedly erase their loss.” Though the teen has obtained an abortion, the lawsuit the ACLU filed is not over. The group is seeking sue on behalf of other teens in the same situation and asking a court to block the government from preventing access to abortions. Over the course of a year, the government is responsible for hundreds of pregnant minors who are in or pass through immigration custody, according to information previously filed in the teen’s case. On one day in March, there were 38 pregnant girls in custody, according to an exhibit in the case. Read More…
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