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October 10, 2017      9:09 PM

Abortion and immigration collide in new debate before federal court

Advocates argue prior cases grant unaccompanied minors health care; Paxton’s office says a decision could grant a right to abortion “for anyone on Earth who entered the United States illegally, no matter how briefly.”

Attorney General Ken Paxton has called the state’s own judicial bypass process “radical” as applied to a 17-year-old girl who has come into the country illegally. Advocates for the unnamed girl, including the American Civil Liberties Union and Jane’s Due Process, claim she has a right to health care, and abortion specifically, once she enters the United States and completes the Texas judicial bypass process.

The case will be debated before a federal judge on the West Coast on Wednesday morning.

Paxton, in a 15-page friend of the court brief filed on behalf of seven mostly Southern states, asserted such a choice would be a slippery slope to other rights. 

By Kimberly Reeves

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