Court rules feds can’t block im­mi­grant teens from abor­tion

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A fed­eral court in Wash­ing­ton has told the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion that the gov­ern­ment can’t in­ter­fere with the abil­ity of preg­nant im­mi­grant teens be­ing held in fed­eral cus­tody to ob­tain abor­tions.

A judge is­sued an or­der Fri­day even­ing bar­ring the gov­ern­ment from “in­ter­fer­ing with or ob­struct­ing” preg­nant mi­nors’ ac­cess to abor­tion coun­sel­ing or abor­tions while a law­suit pro­ceeds. The or­der cov­ers preg­nant mi­nors be­ing held in fed­eral cus­tody af­ter en­ter­ing the coun­try il­le­gally.

Lawyers for the De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices have said the de­part­ment has a pol­icy of “re­fus­ing to fa­cil­i­tate” abor­tions.

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