The refugee office’s new policy tries to block young immigrant women from accessing safe, legal abortion
A new policy introduced by the Trump administration requires immigrants under the age of 18 who are in ORR’s custody to get government approval to access safe, legal abortion. The policy — which violates the constitutional right to abortion — has been used to deny every request made so far.
Former ORR Director Scott Lloyd helped create the new policy, which gives the refugee office director final say in whether young immigrant women can access safe, legal abortion.Tracking Trump
The unconstitutional policy has been fiercely defended by Secretary of HHS Alex Azar and Attorney General Jeff Sessions — even though it’s clearly illegal.The Hill
In a clear overreach of power, the refugee office director receives a weekly updated spreadsheet on the condition of every pregnant teen in custody.
Under Director Scott Lloyd’s leadership, the refugee office went so far as to consider forcing a teenage girl in custody to undergo an experimental and unproven treatment to "reverse" an abortion.Vice
The measure affects the hundreds of pregnant, undocumented immigrant women who are in ORR’s custody every year.
These women, who are age 17 or younger, are often alone and facing language and cultural barriers.
This is my life, my decision. I want a better future. I want justice.”
17-year-old rape survivor initially denied abortion access by the Office of Refugee Resettlement
So far, the refugee office has denied at least seven young women’s requests for abortion — even when the pregnancy resulted from rape. All of these women were ultimately able to access abortion despite the government’s extreme efforts.The New York Times