The fight at the intersection of two issues Trump has taken an aggressive stance on ― immigration and reproductive rights ― came to a close Tuesday after the Trump administration announced it would no longer require the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to notify the guardian of a teen in the department’s custody that the teen was seeking an abortion.
BuzzFeed News was the first to report on the new guidance being issued.
The American Civil Liberties Union first sued the Trump administration in 2017 when his ORR refused to grant minors access to the abortion altogether. Though the administration surrendered on that thrust of the issue last year, it continued to push for parental consent requirements until Tuesday.
Following the newly issued ORR rules, the ACLU alerted the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., that it was dropping its case.
BREAKING: After three years of litigation, the Trump administration has changed its policy of obstructing immigrant youth in Office of Refugee Resettlement custody from accessing confidential abortion care.— ACLU (@ACLU) September 29, 2020
“We’ve dismissed our case against ORR, but we’ll keep monitoring the situation to ensure this policy is properly applied,” the group tweeted. “While this change rights one of the wrongs committed against immigrants in detention, there’s still a fight ahead to defend reproductive freedom for all.”
The ORR, however, will still be required to comply with any state laws that mandate parental consent for an abortion.
The Justice Department has also agreed to pay more than $330,000 to the ACLU to cover its legal fees incurred during the three-year battle.
The ACLU’s lawsuit came to be after a 17-year-old girl who came to the U.S. alone in 2017 was placed in the custody of ORR. The...