Biden HHS Issues Guidelines to Ensure Trafficked Migrant Children Have Access to Abortion

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President Joe Biden’s Health and Human Services Department has issued guidelines as to how the federal agency, which handles unaccompanied migrant children, can access abortions when they are being held in states where the procedure has been banned.

The six-page field guide instructs staff to “make all reasonable efforts” to ensure that the minor children in their custody, who have been trafficked illegally across the border without their parents, may procure abortions, Roll Call reported.

“This may involve transporting a minor to a state in which abortion is lawful and available, if the minor is currently in a state in which abortion is not lawful or available,” the document reads.

The guidance also instructs Office of Refugee Resettlement employees to prioritize placing unaccompanied minors and minors who have experienced sexual violence in states where abortion is still legal.

This comes as

“Consistent with Garza, ORR prioritizes the transfer of UC requesting abortion to a state with access to abortion care, in the same manner as ORR would transfer a UC to another care provider to secure appropriate medical services,” the guidance said.

The Garza policy was adopted after a 2017 lawsuit filed against the government on behalf of an unaccompanied minor who was denied an abortion while in federal custody.

It requires the government not to restrict a minor’s access to abortion and limits the extent to which it can share abortion information and details about a minor’s pregnancy.

This is positively shocking considering the number of women and children who are trafficked and sexually abused while crossing the border into the U.S., often facilitated by for-profit criminal cartels.

As we have sadly seen all too often in the United States, abortion is a means through which abusers can cover up their crimes, particularly in states where minors can procure abortion without parental consent.

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