Abortion case pits Texas and HHS vs. ACLU

Thursday, October 12, 2017
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with Lady of JusticeThe legal battle isn't over for an illegal immigrant youth seeking an abortion.

The 17-year-old girl from Central America is about 14 weeks' pregnant and wants to abort the child – but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services refuses to allow her to be released from custody in Texas to have the abortion. Nicole Hudgens of Texas Values says Texas took a stand for life.

"We're thankful that the Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton, has filed a brief in this court case to protect innocent human life as well as the rule of law," she tells OneNewsNow.

The case was heard before U.S. Magistrate Laurel Beeler in San Francisco. The American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the teenager, filed the case in Beeler's court seeking to amend an existing lawsuit pending there.

One issue raised in the hearing was keeping on track with federal law, says Hudgens.

Hudgens

"Certainly when you're dealing with the Department of Health and Human Services being involved, they in no way can use federal funds to have anything to do with an abortion due to the Hyde Amendment," she explains.

However, private funds have been raised to pay for the abortion, yet federal officials are fighting against it.

After hearing arguments in the case, Judge Beeler ruled the federal government cannot bar someone from having an abortion, but refused to issue an order to that effect saying the ACLU filed in the wrong court.

The ACLU is now considering whether to take the case to a federal judge in Texas or Washington, DC.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What are two major benefits of tough border laws in the U.S.?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

1 dead, dozens of hostages freed after L.A. standoff
Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year
Kavanaugh: Watergate tapes decision may have been wrong
'Wonder Woman,' 'Aquaman' and 'Shazam!' thrill Comic-Con
Democratic socialism surging in the age of Trump
Hamas accepts cease-fire after massive Israeli Gaza strikes
Revelations of US cardinal sex abuse will force pope's hand

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Suspect in custody, at least 1 dead, after standoff at Trader Joe's in LA, police say
Ohio sees sharp increase in complications from so-called abortion pill
America's classified secrets system 'unsustainable'
Duck boat victims include 9 from one family, ship's driver, tourists
Tornado stuns Iowa town but residents say they'll rebuildl

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Pro-lifer: Liberal state AG out to stop clinic ultrasounds

hand with ultrasound wandNew York's attorney general, who filed suit in June 2016 against peaceful pro-life counselors outside a clinic in Jamaica, New York, is now trying to drive New York City's largest pro-life organization out of business.