E. Scott Lloyd, the head of the Health and Human Service’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, reportedly tried to force a 17-year-old immigrant rape victim and at least three other immigrant pregnant teens to give birth against their will.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reports that Lloyd has instructed employees at federally funded shelters not to allow pregnant immigrant girls to contact lawyers in order to get a judicial bypass from a court, which would allow them to get an abortion.
Lloyd’s department has been hit with several lawsuits filed by the ACLU on behalf of four undocumented teens who claimed the Lloyd’s department blocked them from obtaining abortions.
Lloyd told the ACLU in a deposition in December 2017 that undocumented immigrants do not have a constitutional right to abortions — under his authority — because of their immigration status, notes BuzzFeed News:
According to government several emails, Lloyd told employees and advocates at federal shelters to take undocumented minors — requesting abortions — to anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers, which usually do not have medical staff.
The ACLU asked Lloyd if he would allow an abortion in the case of a young pregnant woman’s life being in danger, and he replied, “Potentially.”
Maddow noted that it is unknown exactly how many girls are being forced against their will to give birth per Lloyd’s orders.
The Daily Beast reported in April 2017 that Lloyd, a conservative lawyer from the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charitable group, did not have any experience in refugee resettlement when he was appointed to this position.
The Trump White House refused to comment on what they call personnel issues, even though Lloyd is paid by taxpayers, not Trump.