The Trump administration’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) on Tuesday changed its policy banning pregnant undocumented teenagers in federal custody from obtaining abortions, marking an end to a three-year legal battle.
The ORR, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that oversees undocumented minors and others in federal immigration custody, now directs that pregnant teenagers in its custody must be allowed access to an abortion.
In 2017, the Trump administration effectively adopted a policy that prevented undocumented pregnant teenagers in federal custody from seeking abortions, even during the earlier months of their pregnancies. A series of court rulings against the administration’s policy has forced them to reverse this practice.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration filed papers in a lawsuit filed against it notifying the court that it would reverse the policy on abortions and pay $336,710 to the American Civil Liberties Union to cover its legal