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Texas AG Paxton Fighting To Keep State From Becoming Sanctuary For Abortion

July 09, 2018 - 5:56 am

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he is fighting to keep Texas from becoming a Sanctuary State for Abortion.

Paxton’s leading an 11-state coalition in filing a friend of the court brief in Department of Justice appeal of a lower court decision that allowed the 17 year old dubbed Jane Doe to get an abortion in Texas last year. Spokesman Marc Rylander says, “Paxton believes that no Federal Court has ever declared that unlawfully present aliens with no substantial ties to this country have a constitutional right to abortion on demand.”

The ACLU’s Bridget Amiri argued on behalf of Jane Doe in Court. “Any first year law student knows since 1973 the US Supreme Court has said abortion is a fundamental constitutional right and the Government cannot ban abortion for anyone. That includes Jane Doe.”

Last year, Attorney General Paxton led multiple friend-of-the-court briefs supporting the federal government’s right to refuse to facilitate abortions for an unlawfully-present unaccompanied minor alien (“Jane Doe”) in Texas. She was detained in a shelter after unlawfully entering the U.S. and ultimately had an abortion. Texas had been prepared to file a 12-state brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the “Doe” case.

Joining Texas on today’s friend-of-the-court brief are the attorneys general of Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia, along with the governor of Kentucky.