The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday called “baseless” the U.S. Justice Department’s accusation that lawyers for the group acted unethically in their advocacy for a pregnant immigrant teen who sought an abortion.

The civil liberties group was responding in the U.S. Supreme Court to a petition filed Nov. 3 by U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco. The conflict between the Justice Department and the ACLU centers on the scheduling of the teenage girl’s abortion and communications about that timing between the lawyers on both sides. The abortion had been at the center of a case in Washington federal district court.

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