The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration Monday in the case of a pregnant illegal immigrant in government custody who was granted an abortion after filing a lawsuit.
The unsigned unanimous ruling apparently, however, will not impact ongoing litigation seeking to establish a right for immigrant teens in government custody to obtain abortions.
The unnamed teen entered the U.S. illegally in September at the age of 17 without her parents and was held in a federally funded shelter in Texas for minors.
The American Civil Liberties Union entered the dispute and filed a lawsuit on the teen’s behalf, persuading a court to order the abortion. The abortion was carried out without notice, before the administration obtain an order to block the procedure.
The high court on Monday granted the request of the Trump administration to vacate the lower-court ruling granting the abortion and remand the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The case could end up back at the Supreme Court.
At appeals court, Trump officials argued federal policy bars the government from facilitating abortions for pregnant minors in its shelters.
The Supreme Court said it vacated the lower-court ruling, since the abortion made it moot. But the justices rejected the Trump administration’s request that ACLU lawyers be sanctioned.
The opinion said it is “undisputed” that the teen and her lawyers “prevailed in the D.C. Circuit, took voluntary, unilateral action to have Doe undergo an abortion sooner than initially expected, and thus retained the benefit of that favorable judgment.”
In November, as WND reported, the Justice Department charged the ACLU had an abortionist show up Oct. 25 at 4:15 a.m. to conduct a taxpayer-funded abortion after telling the court that the procedure would not happen until the following day.
The abortion was rushed, according to a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, because government attorneys were preparing to ask the high court to review the case after Democrat-appointed appellate judges effectively created a right to abortion for illegal aliens.