Trump administration wants ACLU disciplined after immigrant teen's abortion

Trump administration wants ACLU disciplined after immigrant teen's abortion

The Department of Justice took its petition one step further than asking the Supreme Court to intervene in the case; it asked the Court to discipline Doe's attorney for what the department claims are "material misrepresentations and omissions to government counsel" concerning the release of Doe and the timing of her abortion, claiming those misrepresentations were "designed to thwart this Court's review" of Doe's case before she underwent the procedure. However, instead Doe's abortion was actually scheduled for the following morning - taking place at 4:30 a.m. on October 25 - "thwarting Supreme Court review".

The petition asks the Supreme Court to send the case back to the district court and order that court to dismiss claims that additional pregnant unaccompanied minors may have against the Trump administration for blocking their access to an abortion.

With today's filing, the government asked the Supreme Court to do two things. The teen's name and country of origin have been withheld because she's a minor, and she is referred to in court paperwork as Jane Doe.

"In light of the extraordinary circumstances of this case", the cert petition says, "the government respectfully submits that this court may wish to issue an order to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against respondent's counsel-either directly by this court or through referral to the state bars to which counsel belong-for what appear to be material misrepresentations and omissions to government counsel created to thwart this court's review".

On Friday the ACLU's legal director, David Cole, said the group's lawyers "acted in the best interest of our client and in full compliance with the court orders and federal and Texas law". "Now, because they were unable to stop her, they are raising baseless questions about our conduct".

In a column for the Examiner, Margot Cleveland noted the government suggests the teen's lawyers should be forced to prove "why disciplinary action should not be taken against respondent's counsel - either directly by this court or through referral to the state bars to which counsel belong - for what appear to be material misrepresentations and omissions to government counsel created to thwart this court's review".

Texas law requires a delay of at least 24 hours between the first meeting of a patient with an abortion doctor and the abortion itself.

After Doe obtained the abortion, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reacted angrily and later told Fox News that the procedure was performed at 4:30 a.m., before his lawyers could get to court.

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"Given the dealings between the parties, respondent's counsel at least arguably had an obligation to notify the government of this incredibly significant development", the writ said.

Activists demonstrate outside of the Department of Health and Human Services in support of a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to obtain an abortion on October 20, 2017.

The government's argument also could be applied to any other pregnant unaccompanied minor in Office of Refugee Resettlement custody, and there's every indication they would be treated the same was as Jane Doe. She entered the United States in September and was in her 15th week of pregnancy when the circuit court made its ruling.

A federal district judge ordered the abortion to proceed, but a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stopped the process, and said it was preferable that the government find a sponsor for the girl, which would take the government out of helping her receive an abortion.

WND reported when the ACLU succeeded in having the unborn child aborted.

Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other abortion activists celebrated the news of the unborn baby's abortion death. The abortion debate had its first major battle under President Trump, when government lawyers and the ACLU fought in court over an undocumented immigrant's right to have the procedure.

In its 29-page petition for review (which was signed by Solicitor General Noel Francisco and Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall but not by any career lawyers in the Office of the Solicitor General), the government chronicled the events leading up to Jane Doe's abortion in some detail.

Lloyd said that "grantees should not be supporting abortion services ... only pregnancy services and life-affirming options counseling".

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