NOTICE: This is an archived press release. Information contained on this page may be outdated. Please refer to our latest press releases for up-to-date information.

Post date: December 18 2017

AGs To Trump Admin: You Have No Authority To Deny Immigrant Women Abortion Access

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

December 18, 2017

Attorney General’s Press Office / 212-416-8060
Twitter: @AGSchneiderman


AG Schneiderman Leads Coalition of 12 AGs – Representing Over 110 Million Americans – Vowing to Fight to Ensure Women Receive Justice they Deserve

AGs: “Forcing women to remain pregnant against their will is cruel, inhumane, and entirely illegal”

Today, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman led a coalition of 12 Attorneys General in telling the Trump administration that it has no authority to block two young immigrant women in federal custody from obtaining abortions. 

Late Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed papers in federal court to stop the Trump administration from preventing the two women from obtaining abortions. Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hear arguments this morning.

“The United States Constitution guarantees all women the right to access an abortion, including unaccompanied minor immigrants,” said the coalition of Attorneys General. “Forcing women to remain pregnant against their will is cruel, inhumane, and entirely illegal. The federal government has no authority to deny these women access to abortion services and we are confident that federal courts will overwhelmingly agree. We will not allow this administration to prey on young and vulnerable women in pursuit of a radical anti-abortion agenda. We will continue to fight alongside our allies to ensure these women receive the justice they deserve.”

The coalition includes the Attorneys General of New York, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Vermont, and the District of Columbia – together representing over 110 million Americans.

In October, the coalition of Attorneys General filed an amicus brief with the D.C. Circuit in Garza v. Hargan, in support of Jane Doe, a 17-year-old unaccompanied minor in federal custody who was seeking an abortion. The D.C. Circuit then overruled the Trump administration and cleared the way for Jane to obtain her abortion.