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Planned Parenthood: “It’s time for the Trump administration to respect Jane Doe and her constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion.”

New York, NY —  The full DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the Trump administration must stop blocking Jane Doe, a young immigrant woman in detention from accessing an abortion, reversing the decision of a three-judge panel of that court last Friday that allowed the government to continue to stall.

 Statement from Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“It’s time for the Trump administration to respect Jane Doe and her constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion.

“For weeks now, Scott Lloyd and the Trump administration have used every tool at their disposal to prevent her from accessing the health care she deserves —  substituting their judgment for hers.  We hope that this ruling sends a strong signal to the Trump administration.  Access to safe, legal abortion is the law.

“Every woman deserves access to basic health care, including abortion, regardless of her immigration status. It is outrageous that the Trump administration and its various appointees, continue to put women’s health and lives at risk, in pursuit of their extremist political and ideological agenda. We demand that the Trump administration stop playing politics with women’s lives.” 

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Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood affiliates serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.