Justice for ALL Janes
Today, after a successful ACLU court case and persistent grassroots action, we helped achieve justice for Jane Doe, a 17-year-old-woman who came to the U.S. without her parents and is in a government-funded shelter. The Trump Administration did everything imaginable to force her to stay pregnant against her will.
This morning Jane was able to end her pregnancy safely and legally. It’s her decision – that’s still the law in this country.
We still have much work to do to overturn the outrageous policies at the heart of this issue and secure justice for ALL Janes. We know there are many more Janes out there: young women being held in federal custody who are being denied the ability to get abortion care and coerced and shamed for their decisions.
But, today, the most powerful words I can share with you are those of Jane herself. Here’s an excerpt from a statement she released earlier today through her guardian:
“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.”
Thanks to everyone, especially the entire ACLU family and activists like you, who fought to give Jane the justice she deserves.