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Did An Immigration Lawyer Pressure An Illegal To Get An Abortion She Didn’t Want? It Appears That Way

An illegal immigrant currently being held under the protection of the Department of Health and Human Services indicated that the attorneys representing her have pressured her to abort the child she is carrying.

The illegal immigrant charged that her guardians and legal attorneys, Rochelle Garza and Myles Garza, gave her documents on Feb. 6 with information about seeking an abortion, according to court documents released this week. The unnamed illegal minor did not want an abortion.

The Garzas have represented other illegal immigrant minors seeking abortions.

The woman wrote a handwritten note indicating that she didn’t want an abortion and wished to be represented by a different set of attorneys, Fox News reported Thursday. “At this time I have changed my decision to have an abortion,” the woman said in the statement, according to the court filing.

“The people I saw yesterday were lawyers that made me sign, I … do not need their help because I do not want to have an abortion,” the woman continued.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the complaint in a closed-door conference Friday.

The woman’s statement follows the Justice Department’s (DOJ) complaint to the Supreme Court in November, alleging that the Department had been “misled” by the Garzas. The DOJ charged that the Garzas had deceived government attorneys by scheduling an abortion at night, only hours before the Supreme Court was set to review the case.

The woman’s statement also comes after the Department of Health and Human Services released another minor illegal immigrant “Jane Moe,” so that she could have an abortion in January. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement sought to prevent Moe from obtaining an abortion, but the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) stepped in, asking the District of Columbia’s U.S. District Court to grant a temporary restraining order so that she could abort her child, according to The Hill.

Moe’s release follows an ongoing battle concerning two illegal immigrants, aged 17 and 19, who asked the federal government to let them have abortions, The Hill reported in December. ACLU lawyers represented the two teens — Jane Roe and Jane Poe who were 10 weeks and 22 weeks pregnant, respectively — in court. (RELATED: Trump Asks Supreme Court To Block Abortion For Illegal Immigrant)

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Similar to Moe’s case, President Donald Trump’s administration appealed U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan’s decision to issue a temporary restraining order against administration officials. The Trump administration tried to prevent the two illegal immigrants from having abortions, but were unsuccessful. (RELATED: Illegal Immigrant Will Likely Have Abortion After Court Documents Reveal Her True Age)

Chutkan also ruled in late October that pregnant illegal immigrant Jane Doe — who was in custody in Texas — could get an abortion, according to Politico. The girl, 17, crossed the border illegally and was roughly 15 weeks pregnant when she had her abortion Oct. 25.

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