Appeals Court Halts Abortion For Teen Immigrant Detainee in Texas.
A federal appeals court in Washington has temporarily halted a judge's order requiring the federal government to allow a pregnant, 17-year-old immigration detainee in Texas to get an abortion.
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Thursday setting an unusually hastily scheduled oral argument session on the case for Friday morning. It also put on hold part of a lower court judge's order that told officials to make arrangements for the teen to receive an abortion on either Friday or Saturday of this week.
Over the objection of the Trump administration, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday instructing federal officials to permit the girl to receive counseling and an ultrasound test required by Texas law on Thursday and to allow her to undergo the abortion procedure later this week.
The appeals court's directive requires officials to allow the counseling to take place, but temporarily lifts the portion of the order requiring officials to allow the abortion itself.
The D.C. Circuit panel's order said the judges acted to allow themselves time to review the case and make a decision on the Justice Department's urgent appeal of the lower court's ruling.
"The purpose of this administrative stay is 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 D.C. Circuit order said.
The girl, identified in court papers only as Jane Doe, obtained a Texas judge's permission on Sept. 25 and had an initial abortion appointment scheduled for Sept. 28, at the end of her first trimester, according to a lawyer for the girl.