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Detained undocumented minor gets abortion after legal battle with Trump administration

A federal court ruled Tuesday in favor of the 16-week pregnant Central American girl who is detained in Texas. The procedure was carried out in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
25 Oct 2017 – 11:45 AM EDT
Renee Bracey Sherman of Chicago, Ill. celebrates at the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 27, 2016, after the court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics. Crédito: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The undocumented minor who won a legal battle to get an abortion was able to end her pregnancy on Wednesday, according to Amanda Bennett, director of the Jane's Due Process program which offers legal help to young people in Texas in similar situations.

The procedure was carried out Wednesday morning, Bennett said, before Texas was able to appeal Tuesday's court ruling allowing her to have an abortion.

A federal court ruled Tuesday that Jane Doe, as the 17-year-old unaccompanied Central American minor is known in court documents, could undergo an abortion.

Although the Department of Justice could have appealed the ruling, the procedure was performed before any further legal action was taken.

Tuesday 6-3 ruling by judges reversed an earlier decision on Friday that required the girl to find a guardian within the next 11 days in order to undergo the procedure. The minor entered the country in September and is just over 16 weeks pregnant.

The Brownsville Shelter where she is being held is under the control of the Office of Refugee Relocation (ORR), which in turn is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS).

"My journey wasn’t easy, but I came here with hope in my heart to build a life I can be proud of," Jane Doe wrote in a statement. "I dream about studying, becoming a nurse, and one day working with the elderly."