Pregnant immigrant forced to request pro-abortion lawyers despite wanting to save her baby
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A pregnant, underage illegal immigrant in federal custody was forced to sign a form requesting representation by two pro-abortion attorneys, even though she doesn’t want an abortion, according to a U.S. Department of Justice court filing.
Whether pregnant teens who entered the U.S. illegally and are in the government’s custody have the right to a government-facilitated abortion has become an issue during the Trump administration.
In October 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other abortion lobby groups won a 17-year-old immigrant the “right” to abort her 16-week-old baby. The Trump administration tried to defend the mother and the baby’s life, offering life-affirming healthcare.
Pro-life groups warned that this ruling could set the U.S. up to be a “sanctuary” country where anyone who enters illegally may be granted an abortion. The U.S. already has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world.
“Abortion advocates are taking shameless advantage of teenage girls in the vulnerable position of being in a foreign country, far from home and from loved ones, to push a harmful agenda of making the U.S. a sanctuary nation for abortion,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List. “Now one teen has pushed back, bravely choosing life and rejecting being manipulated as a political pawn.”
According to the court filing, this minor, “Jane Doe,” doesn’t want to abort her baby but was forced to sign a form requesting two pro-abortion attorneys anyway.
“She is pregnant, does not seek an abortion, and does not want the state-appointed guardian ad litem, Rochelle Garza, and attorney ad litem, Myles Garza, to represent her interests,” the filing says. Both of the left-wing attorneys were involved in previous immigrant minors’ abortion cases.
“The minor has written and signed two statements attesting to being ‘made’ to sign a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) G-28 attorney representation form by the guardian and attorney ad litem, and that she no longer wants to receive further assistance from them, and does not want to obtain an abortion,” the court filing explains.
“HHS should continue taking a strong stand for the best interests of both the young mothers and unborn children in their care and protect them from such pressure,” said Dannenfelser. “Pro-abortion lawyers cannot be trusted to do so.”
“For months the American Civil Liberties Union and others have been suing the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement in an attempt to create a new foreign policy of abortion facilitation for refugees – in this case, minor girls – who reach our shores,” said Chuck Donovan, President of SBA List’s Research Arm the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
“Now it appears they have gone further, and for the sake of their ideology persuaded a teenage émigré to sign legal papers to obtain an abortion she does not, in fact, want,” he said. “There is a perfect irony in this, because the regime of Roe v. Wade on which the radical left has staked its absolute claims regarding abortion rested on legal actions by two women who were likewise induced to sign papers, never had abortions, and later championed the right to life.”
Donovan was referring to Norma McCorvey and Sandra Canto, the plaintiffs in Roe v. Wade and its sister case Doe v. Bolton. They later became pro-life advocates and described how the abortion lobby manipulated and exploited them.