Trump Official Says 'Illegal Immigrants Have No Constitutional Right To Abortion'

Trump official Scott Lloyd of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement has taken heavy heat since issuing a deposition this past December declaring that pregnant illegal immigrants have "no constitutional right to abortion."

Last year, the controversy over illegal immigrants receiving abortions became a national conversation when an illegal teenage girl from Texas fought the Trump administration over her right to abort her 16-week-old baby, which the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals eventually granted. The administration was forced to provide her transport to a local abortion clinic where she could end the child's life. Since then, the ACLU has been suing the federal government so that more illegal immigrants will be granted abortions with the government's help.

According to The Hill, the ACLU hit at Scott Lloyd for his comments regarding the constitutional basis for illegal immigrants obtaining abortions:

In a deposition Lloyd gave in December, he replied "yes" when asked if he believed undocumented minors have "no constitutional right to abortion."

The ACLU has battled the Trump administration over the policy, representing four pregnant undocumented minors who had been blocked from getting abortions.

In three cases, the girls were able to get abortions while the fourth was released to a sponsor.

Contrary to what leftists would say, Lloyd never said that illegal immigrants do not deserve health care, especially if they are residing at a taxpayer-funded shelter for immigrants and refugees, where pregnant minors could receive life-affirming support and health care, not life-killing abortions.

On the ACLU's lawsuit to give illegal immigrants the right to abortion, LifeNews has more:

In November, the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the policy in an attempt to create a right to abortion on demand for any woman or girl who steps on U.S. soil.

Lloyd has borne the brunt of the negative publicity, but ACLU attorneys have been accused of unethical behavior at least twice involving the matter.

In November, the Trump administration said the pro-abortion legal group deceived the government about when an illegal immigrant teen’s abortion was scheduled. The government said this prevented it from appealing a court ruling that forced Lloyd’s office to help facilitate the girl’s abortion.

Then, earlier this month, another pregnant illegal immigrant minor said she felt pressured by pro-abortion attorneys to sign paperwork allowing them to represent her.

“At this time I have changed my decision to have an abortion,” the young woman said. “The people I saw yesterday were lawyers that made me sign. I do not need their help because I do not want to have an abortion.”

Earlier this week, another Trump official — Vice President Mike Pence — said the moral scourge of abortion will be abolished "in our time."


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