Teenage Refugee Finally Gets ICE's Damn Hands Off Her Body


In the past six weeks, Immigration officials in Texas have:

  • Detained a pregnant 17-year-old girl.
  • Forced her to petition a Texas judge to waive the parental notification requirement.
  • Forced her to go to federal court four times to assert her Constitutional right to access abortion.
  • Violated her privacy by telling her parents that she was pregnant, even though they had beaten her sister badly enough to cause a miscarriage.
  • Subjected her to unwanted religious counseling at a crisis pregnancy center.
  • Promised to release her to an appropriate sponsor, then rejected both sponsors presented by her family.
  • Locked her up and refused to allow her court appointed guardian ad litem to take her to have an abortion.
  • Argued in court that having to supervise her health after an abortion paid for by outside funds was an undue burden on the detention center.
  • Doubled the risk, pain and duration of the abortion procedure by delaying it until the second trimester.
  • Publicized personal and medical details of a minor to burnish their "pro-life" credentials.
  • All while seeking to have her deported.


Yesterday a DC Circuit Court ruled that Texas authorities must permit the girl to have an abortion. The ACLU immediately petitioned the District Court to expedite the process -- ICE has been dragging the case out trying to force the girl past the 20-week threshold when abortion becomes illegal in Texas. The Court ordered ICE to release the girl for pre-abortion "counseling" last night. This morning, after six weeks of fighting, she was finally allowed to terminate the pregnacy, heading off any potential appeal to the Supreme Court by ICE. Here is her statement.

Liz Dye

Liz Dye lives in Baltimore with her wonderful husband and a houseful of teenagers. When she isn't being mad about a thing on the internet, she's hiding in plain sight in the carpool line. She's the one wearing yoga pants glaring at her phone.


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