Scott Lloyd, the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services has been using his position to collect personal information from pregnant minors in his custody in order to push his conservative, pro-life agenda.
Lloyd has issued orders to his staff requiring them to submit a weekly spreadsheet detailing the number of pregnant unaccompanied minors that have requested an abortion as well as how far along they are in their pregnancy.The longtime anti-abortionist uses the information to target these individuals and connect them with “life-affirming” organizations.
By definition, this man’s job is to oversee the Refugee Resettlement program which is supposed to provide assistance to applicants for refugee status.
He also, however, is responsible for any and all undocumented minors who enter the U.S., which gives him the opportunity to carry out his biased agenda against some of the most vulnerable and marginalized people in this country.
Lloyd had his first brush with infamy in 2017, when he and the current administration blocked a 17-year-old immigrant from Central America from getting an abortion while in federal custody despite the fact that the pregnancy was the result of rape.
The decision to block the woman’s access to an abortion sparked nationwide controversy and a federal lawsuit, which was ultimately settled in Jane Doe’s favor, finally allowing her to receive the long-awaited abortion in October of last year.
In an even more disturbing incident, Lloyd attempted to “reverse” a medication abortion through an untested, unverified medical procedure against the pregnant woman’s wishes in order to “save the life of the baby.”
Thankfully, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services in Garza v. Hargan, challenging Lloyd’s egomaniacal delusion that his personal beliefs are more important than a woman’s bodily autonomy.
On March 29, a preliminary victory was achieved when the federal court hearing the case issued a preliminary injunction preventing the current administration from blocking any more immigrant women from accessing abortion while the case is being heard.
“The Trump administration’s cruel policy of blocking young immigrant women in federal custody from accessing abortion is a blatant abuse of power. We are relieved that the court issued an order preventing the administration from continuing this practice while our case proceeds. With today’s rulings, we are one step closer to ending this extreme policy once and for all and securing justice for all of these young women.” – Brigitte Amiri, Deputy Director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project
This isn’t the end, yet, though.
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