Instead, as in the case of the 17-year-old “Jane Doe”—who is being held at a shelter in Texas—they are often taken to religiously-affiliated “crisis pregnancy centers,” where they are given sonograms and pressured to carry their pregnancies to term. Jane Doe was scheduled to receive an abortion Sept. 28, but officials have refused to allow her to to visit the doctor who agreed to perform the abortion.

“Jane Doe is a brave and persistent young woman who has already been forced by the Trump administration to delay her abortion for weeks,” said ACLU attorney Brigitte Amiri. “The government is holding her hostage so that she will be forced to carry to term against her will.”

The ACLU added the teen to an existing lawsuit earlier this month, but U.S. Magistrate Laurel Beeler said that although the ban is likely illegal, she could neither force the government to allow Jane Doe to visit an abortion provider nor expand the first lawsuit to review the ban’s constitutionality. The ACLU filed another suit in Washington, D.C. on Friday, and is asking the court to strike down the Trump administration’s abortion ban for undocumented minors.

“There is a pattern of unconstitutional overreach of power in a minor’s abortion decision,” Amiri told Politico, which also reported that “lawyers who work with the teens say the policy appears to have been disseminated informally through email, rather than being formally codified in the agency’s policy guide.”

In emails from March obtained by Politico, Lloyd instructed federally funded shelters to “provide immediate and continuing information” to the agency regarding abortion requests while also noting that shelters could not authorize the procedure and punitive action would be taken against any that did. “Grantees should not be supporting abortion services pre or post-release; only pregnancy services and life-affirming options counseling,” he wrote in late March.

The attorneys also claimed “Lloyd has personally visited and called pregnant girls in shelters, directed them to a list of approved crisis pregnancy centers, instructed staff to block minors from meeting with attorneys, and told shelter operators to call a minor’s parents even if she receives permission to go to a judge to obtain authorization for an abortion without their consent.”

While Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as well as the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, have released statements asserting that undocumented minors have no constitutional right to elective abortions, Amiri said: “federal officials have no right to prevent this young woman from getting the care she needs,” and the ACLU has filed the second suit “in the hope that we can put an end to these unconscionable delays.”

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