DOJ drops appeal to prevent two minor immigrants from having abortion News
DOJ drops appeal to prevent two minor immigrants from having abortion

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] dropped their appeal [motion, PDF] against minor Jane Roe on Tuesday night, which was preventing her from receiving an abortion.

Jane Roe was being housed in a federally-funded shelter due to lack of authorization and was initially refused her abortion services through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) [official website]. At some point between Monday and Tuesday, Jane Roe was transferred to US Customs and Immigration Enforcement, which is controlled by the Department of Homeland Security [official websites]. Consequently, the appeal had to be dropped based on Federal Rules of Appellant Procedure [materials].

The appeal by the DOJ stemmed from a court order [text, PDF] on Monday that temporarily prevented the Department of Health and Human Services [official website] from blocking Jane Roe and Jane Poe from receiving abortions. The court order required the two minors to be transported to a medical facility without interference of their abortion process, while also preventing the details of the pregnancy to be revealed to anyone else and forbade any retaliation against the minors or the contractors who operate the shelters.

The issue arose when Jane Roe made allegations [JURIST report] that the ORR refused her abortion services, forced her to visit religious, anti-abortion centers, and, despite her objections, told her mother she was pregnant. Jane Poe also concurred with these allegations.