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Trump administration releases pregnant, undocumented teen who wants an abortion

The undocumented 17-year-old known only as "Jane Moe" is 17 weeks pregnant

by Carter Sherman
Jan 15 2018, 1:06am

Just days after yet another pregnant, undocumented teenager accused the Trump administration of blocking her from getting an abortion, the administration released the teen from federal custody.

The teenager, known only as “Jane Moe” in court records, filed paperwork Thursday alleging that the Office of Refugee Resettlement was refusing to allow her to get an abortion. The Office oversees all minors who enter the country without their parents and without authorization.

In response, the Trump administration said Friday that it planned to release Moe out of its custody and into the care of a sponsor, which would allow her to get an abortion. The plan had been to release her by Friday, Jan. 26.

Instead, Moe was freed Sunday.

"While we are relieved that Jane Moe is reunited with her sponsor, the government blocked her from her abortion for more than two weeks, before deliberately moving her out of their custody only when we filed to take them to court,” Brigitte Amiri, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project, said in a statement. (The ACLU represented Moe.) “We continue to pursue all avenues to ensure that no other young woman like her is forced to continue a pregnancy against her will for purely political reasons.”

Read more: The Trump administration is blocking another undocumented teen from having an abortion

Moe, who is 17 years old and 17 weeks pregnant, is the fourth undocumented teen to go to court against the Trump administration over allegations that officials sought to keep them from getting abortions while in federal custody. The ACLU is currently pursuing a class-action lawsuit involving cases like Moe's, but a judge has yet to rule on whether it can proceed.

All three of the teenagers in the previous cases were eventually allowed to get abortions.

A government spokesperson confirmed that Moe had been released to a sponsor per Office of Refugee Resettlement protocol.

Read more: Jane Doe talks to VICE News about her abortion battle