Washington Post — By Maria Sacchetti and Ann E. Marimow October 19 at 10:48 AM
A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked an undocumented immigrant teenager being held in U.S. custody from obtaining an abortion on Friday or Saturday, but said the teen should be allowed to receive scheduled counseling from a doctor on Thursday.
The teenager, who is in her 15th week of pregnancy, is being held at a shelter in Texas, where under state law she cannot have an abortion until 24 hours after counseling from a doctor.
She was detained by U.S. officials in September after crossing the border illegally, and is being held by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, which cares for undocumented minors until they can be reunited with family members.
The appeals court’s action follows the Justice Department’s appeal to overturn U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan’s ruling on Wednesday that ordered the government to allow the teen to have an abortion. The judge said she was “astounded” that the Trump administration was trying to block the procedure.
The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said its order is intended to “give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the emergency motion for stay and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits of that motion.”
The court has scheduled oral argument on the appeal for Friday morning.
The government’s appeal was reviewed by D.C. Circuit Judges Karen LeCraft Henderson, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Patricia A. Millett.
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