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Groups sue HHS for docs on blocking abortions by undocumented teens

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Originally published by The Hill

Watchdog groups are suing the Department of Health and Human Services for information related to the agency’s blocking of undocumented minors from obtaining abortions.

Campaign for Accountability and Equity Forward, represented by American Oversight, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Thursday, arguing that HHS failed to comply with an information request in a timely manner.

Equity Forward submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to HHS Dec. 12 asking for correspondence involving key officials at HHS in charge of the office that has blocked undocumented teens from getting abortions.

Equity Forward hasn’t received any communication from HHS whatsoever regarding the FOIA request, the groups said in the complaint.

“HHS regularly tries to shield its most controversial actions from view, but the law allows Americans to learn what our government is doing in our name,” American Oversight executive director Austin Evers said in a statement.
“American Oversight is committed to uncovering the truth about these outrageous abuses, and we’re proud to help Equity Forward and CfA obtain the documents to which they — and the public — are entitled.”
The groups are asking the court to order HHS to produce the documents within 20 days of the court’s order.
The administration has blocked at least four undocumented minors in the custody of the U.S. from receiving abortions.

In March, the administration established a policy of prohibiting all federally funded shelters from taking “any action that facilitates” abortion access for unaccompanied minors without the approval of Scott Lloyd, the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR.)

Read more:http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/372000-watchdog-groups-sue-hhs-for-information-related-to-blocking-undocumented

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