The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is in court once more. However, this time taking the legal battle to Washington D.C to fight in place of a young woman who is being obstructed from accessing abortion services in Texas by the federal officials.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has prevented, Jane Doe, a pregnant teen from accessing the necessary care she needs. ACLU took to the court earlier in the week to challenge the obstruction in the wake of yet another lawsuit against the ORR, having been previously challenged in a California court. The judge ruled that the federal government had no powers to bar the abortion, and ordered the case to be filed separately in another court.
Commenting on the case, Brigitte Amiri, Senior Staff Attorney with ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project said, “Federal officials have no mandate to prevent this young lady from getting the care she deserves.
We have filed a case in Washington, and we hope to put an end to this delay. She continued, “Jane Doe has portrayed bravery and persistence, yet the Trump administration intends to delay her abortion with the aim of forcing her to carry to term against her consent.” Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Jane Doe is but an example of many immigrants suffering the hands of the federal government. The following are some instances of gross injustices experienced by many immigrants.
According to ACLU’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction, Scott Lloyd, ORR Director, coerced young [pregnant women to carry to term pregnancies against their will, instead of receiving abortion care, personally forcing them to seek health care in “crisis pregnancy centers with religious affiliations.
Furthermore, shelters caring for unaccompanied immigrant children are being ordered not to allow pregnant young women from obtaining a judicial bypass to abortions or granting them the right to an attorney. In one case, a young woman was rushed to the ER after consuming abortion pills to prevent her from aborting.
About Lacey and Larkin Fontera Foundation
Renowned media personalities, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, have dedicated the financial proceeds from the arrest of Sheriff Joe Arpaio to finance organizations in Arizona that fight for migrant rights.
The co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media were arrested on 18 October 2007 by the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. They were apprehended in the middle of the night and jailed, having exposed secret jury proceedings that sought reporters’ notes covering the tracks of the Sheriff.
The $ 3.75 million granted by the judge comes after the revelation of jury subpoenas that demanded the names of all individuals who read online stories by the New Times regarding the lawman.
Lacey and Larkin have dedicated their careers trying to defend their First Amendment Right, successfully filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff and emerged victorious for the ninth time in a row.
The Lacey and Larkin Foundation funds organizations in Arizona that advocate for civil, human and migrant rights and freedom, including freedom of speech and freedom to partake in civic activities within Arizona and along the “la linea fronteriza” – the U.S/ Mexico border.