A 17-year-old illegal immigrant in U.S. custody who was at the center of a firestorm over her quest to seek an abortion terminated her pregnancy on Wednesday morning.
The girl, referred to only as Jane Doe in court documents, was promptly taken to an abortion facility after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the Trump administration could not prevent her from seeking an abortion.
— ACLU (@ACLU) October 25, 2017
The procedure was, in fact, carried out on Wednesday morning, according to The Washington Post.
“Justice prevailed today for Jane Doe,” Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, said after the fact. “But make no mistake about it, the administration’s efforts to interfere in women’s decisions won’t stop with Jane.”
Jane Doe was reportedly almost 16 weeks pregnant and was being held after coming into the U.S. illegally. Tuesday’s decision, which paved the way for the abortion, overturned a previous decision that prevented the girl from seeking an abortion, as The Associated Press noted.
Jane Doe also issued a statement of her own saying that the decision was hers alone.
“I made my decision and that is between me and God. Through all of this, I have never changed my mind,” she said. “No one should be shamed for making the right decision for themselves. I would not tell any other girl in my situation what they should do. That decision is hers and hers alone.”
Read more about the case here.