Teen detained after crossing border fights to have abortion

A large metal fence marks part of the border between Texas and Mexico. (KXAN Photo: Kevin Schwaller)

HOUSTON (AP) — Advocates for a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children are asking a federal judge to allow her to get an abortion over the opposition of federal and state officials.

A judge has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on a request filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. It accuses the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of refusing to let the girl be taken for the procedure.

Rochelle Garza, a lawyer appointed to represent the Central American girl’s interests, told The Associated Press that the girl may be 14 weeks pregnant. Texas state law prohibits most abortions after 20 weeks.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued Tuesday that immigrants entering the U.S. illegally do not have “a constitutional right to abortion on demand.”

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