The ACLU lied to a federal judge in order to ensure an illegal immigrant teen got a taxpayer-funded abortion, the Justice Department alleges in a new U.S. Supreme Court filing.
In lying to the court, the ACLU also violated Texas laws on abortion.
The Hill reports:
“The government asked to be kept informed of the timing of Ms. Doe’s abortion procedure, and one of respondent’s counsel agreed to do so,” the brief says, noting that government attorneys had notified Doe’s lawyers at the time that they intended to file a stay application.
But before Justice Department lawyers were able to file that stay, the girl left the Texas detention center where she was being held and obtained the abortion at 4:15 a.m., according to the brief.
“Ms. Doe’s representatives did three things: they secured the services of Ms. Doe’s original physician (who had provided counseling the previous week), moved her appointment from 7:30 to 4:15 a.m. on the morning of October 25, and changed the appointment from counseling to an abortion,” the brief says.
“Although Ms. Doe’s representatives informed the government of the change in timing, they did not inform the government of the other two developments – which kept the government in the dark about when Ms. Doe was scheduled to have an abortion.”
Texas law requires women planning to undergo abortions to attend counseling 24 hours in advance of the procedure…
…”The ACLU misled the United States as to the timing of Jane Doe’s abortion,” Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement. Doe’s attorneys told DOJ lawyers that the procedure would occur on Oct. 26, but changed plans and scheduled the procedure for Oct. 25, “thereby thwarting Supreme Court review,” the spokesman said.
While the abortion was already committed, the Justice Department is asking the Court to overturn the ruling, which established precedent for future cases. It is also asking the court to sanction ACLU lawyers.