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Planned Parenthood Applauds Court Order Mandating Trump Administration Cease Blocking Young Woman’s Abortion

New York, NY —  A federal court ruled today that the Trump administration must stop blocking a young immigrant woman in detention from accessing an abortion.

Statement from Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

Every woman deserves access to basic health care, including abortion, regardless of her immigration status. While we are hopeful that this young woman will now be able to access the health care that she needs, she should have never been forced to jump over endless legal hurdles simply to access one of her most basic rights, her access to health care. More must be done to protect rights of other women and girls currently being detained and denied their constitutional rights.

“It is outrageous that the highest law enforcement entity in the country, the Department of Justice, would refuse to acknowledge the substantial obstacle that it is placing on this young woman’s ability to access abortion. In pursuit of its own political and ideological agenda, the Trump administration is putting women’s health and lives at risk.

“This administration has been hell-bent on attacking women’s health and rights from day one. These latest actions reveal the clear disdain this administration has for a woman’s right to control her own body and its hostility towards immigrants. This sad episode stands as yet another harrowing warning about what this administration really thinks about women’s access to reproductive health care. 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.