Texas must not become "a sanctuary state for abortions," the state's attorney general says.
Attorney General Ken Paxton made the comment in response to a lawsuit filed against the state. The legal challenge calls for all publicly funded health service providers to legally make abortions available to undocumented immigrants.
But Paxton says the argument doesn't hold up. “No federal court has ever declared that unlawfully present aliens with no substantial ties to this country have a constitutional right to abortion on demand,” he said in an official statement, citing the case of a woman named “Doe.”
According to Paxton, Doe, a minor female who entered the U.S. illegally, asked for an abortion at a shelter funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Brownsville, Texas. After being denied the procedure, she sued the state.
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