White House wants Supreme Court to block abortion for undocumented teen

The White House in Washington. Photo: AP

The Trump administration Monday night asked the Supreme Court to grant a two-week stay on one of the rulings that had ordered the government to allow two undocumented immigrant teens in federal custody to have an abortion, multiple reports say. A judge had ordered the government to permit the abortions as soon as Tuesday evening, but this was delayed by the D.C. Circuit last night for 24 hours until roughly 6pm Dec. 20.

The Supreme Court has not yet responded.

Why it matters: This move by the administration has reignited a legal battle over the constitutional rights of pregnant, undocumented teenagers in federal custody who seek an abortion.