How many times can the Trump administration stomp all over the rights of women? The answer, apparently, is infinity plus one.
It’s been no secret that Donald Trump had to give in to evangelists to garner their support by focusing his administration on a pro-life agenda. Although Trump has held many changing positions on abortion, his presidential administration is clear on where they stand – pro-life is the only way to go.
The ACLU reported that the Trump administration moved to block another teenage female immigrant from being able to receive an abortion.
‘Earlier this week, we learned that yet another 17-year-old immigrant in government custody was being blocked by the Trump administration from obtaining an abortion.’
The ACLU noted that private funds are available to pay for any services rendered and that staff is willing to accompany her to the clinic.
So far, this is the fourth female the government has barred from receiving an abortion. The first was known as Jane Doe. The second was known as Jane Roe. The third was Jane Poe, and now the fourth is referred to as Jane Moe.
Though you would think they would allow abortions in the case of rape or endangerment to the mother’s health, the ACLU found that the head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) denied Jane Poe an abortion even though she was raped. The head of the office, Scott Loyd, has been an activist for the pro-life movement.
The ACLU noted that Jane Moe was required to go to a “crisis pregnancy center.”
‘Under the Trump administration’s policy, ORR also required Ms. Moe to visit a so-called crisis pregnancy center, an organization whose sole purpose is to discourage pregnant woman (sic) from having abortions.’
There is an ongoing lawsuit regarding the Trump administration’s delving into the lives of immigrant women; however, the ACLU noted it has not been ruled on.
The three other women who came before Jane Moe did receive abortions eventually; however, with Jane Moe in her second trimester and the snail-like pace the legal system is known for, she could very well have to carry to full-term.
The ACLU now represents Jane Moe.
‘As we made clear in our court papers today, the Trump administration is blatantly ignoring the fact that the Supreme Court has held for the past 45 years that abortion is a fundamental constitutional right. And that right does not depend on immigration status. Today we are filing on behalf of Jane Moe, but there are surely other Janes out there.’
Many argue they don’t want tax dollars paying for the abortions; however, as noted, private funds are available to Jane Moe to pay for the service.
Furthermore, we’re not even sure where Trump stands on abortion. In 1989, Trump did not attend a dinner he co-sponsored because of anti-abortion activists.
Additionally, in 1999 he appeared in an interview and said, “I’m very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debating the subject. But you still – I just believe in choice.”
By 2011, his views had changed. Also by that time, he was toying with the idea of entering into politics. When he spoke at CPAC in 2011, he told the group he was pro-life.
Throughout his campaign, he stumbled several times on his stance on abortion, punishment for those who obtain an abortion, etc.
It is clear where the head of the ORR stands, sure. That just means though that he’s taking his own biases and implementing them in a government agency that should be following the Constitution.
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