Judge Tanya Chutkan Rules Against HHS and for Abortion


America may be the land of opportunity — but not for illegal, taxpayer-funded abortion. Unfortunately, an activist judge in the U.S. district court doesn’t see it that way. She ruled that our government shouldn’t just harbor children who cross the border — but help them destroy their unborn babies while they’re here.

Judge Tanya Chutkan has hardly made her personal politics a secret. In the ongoing battle to keep illegal minors from killing their children on U.S. soil, her bench continues to be Planned Parenthood’s dream. First, she certified a class action suit against HHS for daring to uphold American law (and President Trump’s pro-life policy) on the matter. Now, she’s taking things a step further, ordering that notices be immediately posted in the dorms where “Unaccompanied Alien Children” are staying. The signs, which she ordered in English and Spanish, tells girls:

“If you are pregnant, you have the right to decide whether to have the baby or to have an abortion. No one who works for the government or the shelter can force your decision either way. No one who works for the government or the shelter can tell anyone about your pregnancy or decision to have an abortion if you don’t want them to do so.” If pregnant girls feel as though they’re being pressured to keep their babies, they’re encouraged to call the ACLU (number provided).

Nevermind that there is no “right” to abortion for people who aren’t lawful citizens — or that this flies in the face of the “basic health care” offered by the U.S. HHS, which has been the ongoing target of groups like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, has taken its responsibility for these minors very seriously. Under Scott Lloyd’s leadership, the Office of Refugee Resettlement has done everything it can to keep these moms from becoming pawns in a high-stakes abortion game — including enlisting the support of the Department of Justice to fight back.

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“Federal law is very clear on giving the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement the legal responsibility to decide what is in the best interests of a minor in the unaccompanied alien children program…” the Trump administration has said. “We cannot cede our responsibility to care for minors and their babies by releasing them to ideological advocacy groups.”

America isn’t a sanctuary nation for abortion. But unfortunately, a handful of judges put our country on the path toward that when they granted a young 17-year-old’s abortion. Thank goodness for a president who recognizes the importance of balancing these benches. While HHS officials go to bat for these innocent unborn lives, we applaud the White House for confronting the problem another way: with a record-setting number of strict constructionist judicial nominees. Black-robbed activists like Chutkan remind us every day how badly we need them.

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Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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