ACLU to fight for abortions for undocumented children

While some child welfare advocates are concerned whether or not unaccompanied minor children are being fed properly, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) will ask a federal court to order the federal government to release documents related to how groups that are awarded government funding contracts are restricting undocumented immigrant teenagers’ access to reproductive health services, primarily contraception and abortion.

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant minors continue to stream across the border, on foot and by air. According to the ACLU, the U.S. government has committed to providing services to meet the basic needs of these teens. Reports indicate that between 60 and 80 percent of women and girls who cross the border are sexually assaulted.

Various groups, including religious organizations, contract with the government and receive federal funding to provide these teens with day-to-day care, including health care.

The ACLU is now claiming that some of these organizations “impose their religious beliefs on these teens by denying them access to contraception, emergency contraception, and abortion,” according to an ACLU statement released today.

“Many unaccompanied teenagers come into the U.S. fleeing abuse and torture in their home countries. Many have been sexually abused or assaulted or forced into prostitution,” said Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “We believe deeply in religious freedom. But religious freedom does not include the right to take a government contract that requires providing access to health care, and then refuse to provide a teen who has been raped the health care she needs.”

The ACLU reports that recently, the federal government released proposed regulations requiring federal contractors who care for unaccompanied minors to provide access to contraception, emergency contraception, and abortion if a teen has been raped. In response, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of the groups that received a government-funded contract to provide care to these teens, said any requirement that they provide information about contraception or abortion, even a referral or the arrangement for such services, would violate their religious freedom.

USCCB argues that its religious beliefs should allow it to violate the terms of the contract.

The ACLU alleges that workers interacting with these teens indicate that, because of USCCB’s refusals, teens are not getting the care they need. Reports also indicate that some organizations are using their religious beliefs to force teens to leave their program, uprooting the teen from familiar surroundings and the lifeline of their social worker, if they need reproductive care.

The ACLU has requested documents to determine the full scope of this problem and is filing this lawsuit after the Administration for Children and Families largely ignored the ACLU’s Freedom of Information Act request for over six months.

The government contracts with and provides funding to USCCB through Catholic Charities to provide care to refugee and undocumented minors in a number of states across the country – including Arizona, California, Florida, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. USCCB prohibits its subcontractors from providing or referring for vital services like abortion and contraception.

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  1. Now they are back up again. Glad I was wrong on this issue and that the ADI is still a GREAT paper.

  2. These CRIMINAL, ILLEGAL, ALIEN, TERRORIST, COMBATANT, INVADERS are a perfect example why abortion should be MANDITORY for these people and not only in our nation but also the Nations south of our border.

    “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the UNunited States of America, but NOT too the Republic for which it stands, one Nation DEvided, with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for ONLY the WEALTHY”

    “We should have harvested our own FRUITS and VEGETABLES”.

  3. Wonder if aclu is going to pick up tab when the ‘illegals’ decide to SUE the USA for giving them abortions? This is just another gimmick to stick it to the taxpayers. If they are pregnant send them back to the ‘illegal’ fathers and let them support these people. We are allowing this country to go to hell in a hand basket with all the left wing nut jobs coming up with these type of schemes. They let guys out of jail with just a bus ticket and maybe $50 in their pockets, so a bus ride to the border and 50 pesos should get these folks going home again.

    NO MORE, Take the aclu and its left wing idiots to jail as being a domestic terrorist group and then let them pay for their own defense. As it is they suck at the public tit and sue and get paid by the gov’t for their assinine behavior.

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