Reactions to the government helping an illegal immigrant teenager, dubbed “Jane Doe,” receive an abortion Wednesday are decidedly mixed.
“Today’s loss of innocent human life is tragic,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement Wednesday. “The ruling that paved the way for the abortion violated long standing Supreme Court precedent on the rights of an unlawfully present person.”
Even the Obama administration acknowledged that illegal immigrants without substantial connections to the United States don’t have the same constitutional rights as citizens, according to Paxton. “Life and the Constitution are sacred. We lost some of both today,” the attorney general concluded. (RELATED: Government Delivers Abortion For Illegal Teen).
“Americans United for Life is heartbroken at the loss of the innocent life at the heart of this court battle, and deeply troubled that this baby, yearning to breathe free, was afforded neither a voice in our courts nor the basic dignity and rights inherent to all human beings and due by law to all those on American soil,” the group said in a Wednesday statement.
“Our thoughts are foremost with the young girl, who has now been saddled with the death of her child before she has even reached her eighteenth birthday – a terrible burden for anyone to carry, much less at such a tender age and so far from home,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement.
Unsurprisingly, pro-abortion groups applauded Doe’s abortion. “Judges that respect our right to abortion & believe in justice for all are why Jane Doe was able to have an abortion today,” NARAL tweeted after the procedure was complete.
“The fight for #JusticeForJane isn’t over until every single Jane Doe has the ability to make decisions about her own body and life,” NARAL added in another tweet.
The ACLU also retweeted Doe’s comments after the judge ruled she could proceed to have an abortion. “This is my life, my decision. I want a better future. I want justice,” Doe said.
“Whenever a fellow member of our human family is killed, it is never a cause for celebration. It is a cause for mourning,” the Pro-Life Action League tweeted after the ruling.
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