Abortion Story #280: #JusticeForJane, A Young Immigrant’s Abortion Story

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. Below is the experience of a young woman who is an immigrant, referring to herself as Jane Doe for her safety. She sought refuge in the U.S. but was soon after detained in Texas. As Jane describes, despite her firm decision to seek an abortion, the Trump Administration tried to block her from accessing care. She references counsel from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who sued the administration on her behalf, and the many individuals who expressed solidarity at rallies and on social media using the hashtag #JusticeForJane. After a weeks-long legal battle, Jane won. She obtained care on October 25 and provided her story in statement published by the ACLU.

Note: Many others like Jane are in need of abortion, but their access is denied due to federal policy. Consider signing this petition urging the administration to ensure people who are immigrants and refugees can obtain abortion care. The petition is organized by We Belong Together, a National Domestic Workers Alliance campaign, which aims to “mobilize women in support of common sense immigration policies that will keep families together and empower women.”

“My name is not Jane Doe, but I am a Jane Doe.

I’m a 17 year old girl that came to this country to make a better life for myself. My journey wasn’t easy, but I came here with hope in my heart to build a life I can be proud of. I dream about studying, becoming a nurse, and one day working with the elderly.

When I was detained, I was placed in a shelter for children. It was there that I was told I was pregnant. I knew immediately what was best for me then, as I do now – that I’m not ready to be a parent. Thanks to my lawyers, Rochelle Garza and Christine Cortez, and with the help of Jane’s Due Process, I went before a judge and was given permission to end my pregnancy without my parents’ consent. I was nervous about appearing in court, but I was treated very kindly. I am grateful that the judge agreed with my decision and granted the bypass.

While the government provides for most of my needs at the shelter, they have not allowed me to leave to get an abortion. Instead, they made me see a doctor that tried to convince me not to abort and to look at sonograms. People I don’t even know are trying to make me change my mind. I made my decision and that is between me and God. Through all of this, I have never changed my mind.

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.

I’ve been waiting for more than a month since I made my decision. It has been very difficult to wait in the shelter for news that the judges in Washington, D.C. have given me permission to proceed with my decision. I am grateful for this, and I ask that the government accept it. Please stop delaying my decision any longer.

My lawyers have told me that people around the country have been calling and writing to show support for me. I am touched by this show of love from people I may never know and from a country I am just beginning to know — to all of you, thank you.

This is my life, my decision. I want a better future. I want justice.”

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