Thanks to Vanessa for noting that Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge had found another out-of-state case to stick her nose into, this time joining the Trump administration in preventing an undocumented 17-year-old immigrant from obtaining an abortion.

Rutledge, according to the New York Times, was one of eight states intervening to prevent the young woman, being held in a Texas shelter, from having an abortion.


In a brief filed in support of the federal officials, eight states — Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina — worried that if the court allowed Jane Doe to have an abortion, “there will be no meaningful limit on the constitutional rights an unlawfully-present alien can invoke simply by trying to enter this country.”

This isn’t about anything but abortion and the desire of Trump and Rutledge and their ilk to stop it no matter how many rights they abridge in the process. The administration likes to subject women who want an abortion to the proselytizing of “crisis pregnancy” center, many of which use religion and scientific baloney to discourage abortions.

The D.C. Circuit Court has temporarily stayed a district judge’s decision that the young woman should be allowed to have the abortion she seeks. It will hear arguments Friday morning in an unusual hastily called hearing.