Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Biden Admin Moves To Secure Abortion Access for Unaccompanied Migrant Children; Biden Admin Directs Pregnant Migrant Girls to be Sheltered in States with Abortion Access, and related stories

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Biden Admin Moves To Secure Abortion Access for Unaccompanied Migrant Children
The Biden administration issued a directive on Thursday saying that pregnant migrant children should be sheltered in states that allow abortions, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that eliminated the constitutional right to abortion.
The U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in guidance issued to staff also said that girls who are sheltered in states such as Texas that ban abortion and request abortion services should be transferred to states that allow the procedure.
ORR is responsible for sheltering unaccompanied minors who enter the U.S. illegally.
The U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned Roe v. Wade, its landmark 1973 ruling that recognized a constitutional right to have an abortion. At least 20 states now have full or partial abortion bans, although some have been blocked by litigation.
About one-third of the 123,000 unaccompanied migrant children who were taken into U.S. custody in fiscal year 2021 were female, according to ORR data. The data does not identify how many of them were pregnant. --->READ MORE HERE
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Biden admin directs pregnant migrant girls to be sheltered in states with abortion access
The Biden administration issued a directive Thursday ordering pregnant migrant children in federal custody to be sheltered in states that allow abortion.
The guidance, issued by the US Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), instructs officials to avoid placing pregnant unaccompanied minors in Republican states that restrict the procedure — and to transfer girls in these states to states where abortion remains legal.
The ORR is in charge of housing unaccompanied children who lack legal status and issued the guidance to staff.
It says they “must make all reasonable efforts” to give pregnant migrants abortion access if requested.
“This may involve transporting a minor to a state in which abortion is lawful and available, if the minor is currently in a state in which abortion is not lawful or available,” it says.
The ORR has already relocated an unknown number of pregnant unaccompanied minors to states where abortion is still legal, a rep told CBS News.
If there are limited beds in states without restrictions, the memo tells intake workers to “use their professional discretion and judgment and available information” to place the minors in the least restrictive option. --->READ MORE HERE
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