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TEXAS, October 26, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The 16-week-old baby of an illegal immigrant in custody of the U.S. government was aborted yesterday after a legal battle over his life.

The 17-year-old pregnant mother, only identified as “Jane Doe,” was backed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the American abortion lobby.

U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan initially ruled October 18 that Jane Doe was to be allowed to abort her baby “promptly and without delay.” The case had gone to court because the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services offered her life-affirming resources rather than assisting her in obtaining an abortion.

The Department of Justice appealed Chutkan’s ruling, which the U.S. Court of Appeals then stayed.

But on October 24, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 6-3 that the teen must be allowed to abort her baby.

The ACLU announced October 25 that the baby was aborted that morning.

The teen was in Texas, where most abortions are illegal at 20 weeks – halfway through pregnancy – when the baby can feel pain. Many U.S. states allow abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.

The abortion lobby was eager for Jane Doe to be taken to abort her baby as soon as possible because of Texas law.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that Jane Doe’s child has been aborted,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. “Our thoughts are foremost with the young girl, who has now been saddled with the death of her child before she has even reached her 18th birthday – a terrible burden for anyone to carry, much less at such a tender age and so far from home.”

“We ask that the pro-life community and all compassionate Americans keep her and her child in their prayers,” said Dannenfelser.

“Good,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, tweeted upon learning that the baby was aborted.

“Americans United for Life is heartbroken at the loss of the innocent life at the heart of this court battle, and deeply troubled that this baby, yearning to breathe free, was afforded neither a voice in our courts nor the basic dignity and rights inherent to all human beings and due by law to all those on American soil,” said Catherine Glenn Foster, CEO and president of AUL.

Foster said it was “appalling” that the federal appeals court mandated HHS “facilitate and supervise the performance of an abortion on a young girl being cared for by immigration services by transporting her to an abortion business.”

“This is an appalling and unconscionable misuse of taxpayer dollars, and a violation of the principles of the Hyde Amendment,” she said, referring to the law banning the use of federal funds for most abortions.

“It threatens to conjure a so-called right to immediate abortion on demand from the U.S. Constitution, and to recast America, which has historically aspired to be a haven and place of refuge for the most vulnerable, into a destination for abortions,” Foster warned.

Using the hashtag #JusticeforJane, the abortion lobby and American left celebrated the 17-year-old’s abortion and lamented it had taken a month for her to obtain it.

The ACLU released a statement from the minor via her guardian. The statement defended her decision to abort her baby as “between me and God” and blasted U.S. government officials for taking her to “see a doctor that tried to convince me not to abort and to look at sonograms.”

The pro-abortion group NARAL tweeted that it was “thrilled” the abortion had taken place. The president of NARAL called the abortion “good news.”

Jane Doe’s case has caused the left to swarm in on Scott Lloyd, the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement at HHS. Lloyd, a father of six, formerly worked for the Knights of Columbus and has written articles for the National Catholic Register and Ethika Politika.

“The ‘Justice for Jane’ hashtag is filled with people spiking the football and gesticulating wildly in the end zone while standing over top the corpse of a dead child,” wrote Matt Walsh at the Daily Wire. “The whole spectacle is so vile, so rotten, so incomprehensibly evil that I hesitate to even express the wickedness of it because I lack the vocabulary to adequately capture it.”

Walsh argued that the court-sanctioned abortion for Jane Doe proved once again that pro-abortion, leftist ideology is satanic.

“In Satanism, the only thing that matters is the pleasure and comfort of the individual,” wrote Walsh. “All else is secondary and irrelevant. Leftism is exactly this, but secularized and given a different name.”

“This is why they celebrate ‘justice’ for the mother without even pausing to consider what was just for the child,” he continued. “The child literally does not count. He interfered with the mother's lifestyle, so he is worthless. In Leftism, as in Satanism, everything and everyone is subordinate to the desires of the Self. The baby's self does not need to be taken into consideration.”

“We happen to live in a country where a certain side of the culture war unabashedly cheers the mass murder of infants. What do you expect me to say about them?” he asked. “That they have a point and maybe we should try harder to understand them? No. They have no point. I'll let you empathize with the Left if you choose. I will empathize with the 50 million babies it has killed.”