On Friday a D.C appeals court denied that the U.S government should facilitate an abortion for an undocumented immigrant who being detained. The reason for the court’s ruling was that she should have a sponsor, a relative who can take care of her, before she decides to make such an important decision in her life. She has 11 days to find a sponsor. The court’s 2-1 decision falls in line with the Trump administration's policy of not allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain an abortion while in custody.
The ACLU attorney representing this undocumented immigrant, who in court documents is referred to as Jane Doe, says that her client has a constitutional right in the U.S to obtain an abortion if she so chooses. If this undocumented immigrant does not find a sponsor in the next 11 days her case will be moved to a lower court, who already stated that they would let her get an abortion. However, there is always a chance that the opposition will appeal that court's decision.
Our Verdict: Abortion is such a hotly debated concerning U.S citizens, now this debate has carried over to undocumented immigrants. Many of whom, including the Jane Doe referred to in this case, cannot get abortions in their home country because they are illegal. The courts are toying with this girl’s future, making her wait for weeks and weeks to get an abortion by constantly appealing the decision of lower courts who say that she should get an abortion. In Texas they do not allowing a woman to get an abortion after 20 weeks. The longer the courts make her wait the more painful it will be for this girl to go through with her decision. The U.S government should not be allowed to make this decision for her.