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By order filed on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Garza v. Hargan, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, en banc, a 17-year-old undocumented woman in federal custody was permitted to have an abortion which the federal government had contested. The pregnancy had been discovered when she was given a physical examination upon apprehension for illegally entering the country in Texas. The abortion procedure occurred just one day after the order was entered, at a time the appellant, known as Jane Doe or J.D., was 16 weeks pregnant. Texas law requires voluntary abortions to be conducted within 20 weeks.

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