The ACLU, the ACLU of Northern California, and the ACLU of Southern California filed a lawsuit against the federal government for awarding millions of dollars annually to organizations that are supposed to provide care, including access to medical care, to unaccompanied immigrant minors. The government authorizes some of these organizations to refuse on religious grounds to follow the law that requires them to provide these young people with access to contraception and abortion, even if the minor has been raped.

The suit claims that by authorizing government grantees to impose religiously based restrictions on young women’s access to reproductive health care — care that they are entitled to receive by law — the government has violated the constitutional guarantee of the separation of church and state. Groups like the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have been awarded upwards of $10 million annually to care for these young people, despite their explicit refusal to allow these young women to access contraception and abortion. Placing restrictions on reproductive health care has devastating consequences for this population. A high number of unaccompanied immigrant minors have been raped in their home countries or during their journey to the United States, and therefore they have an acute need for critical reproductive health care.

Case Developments

ORDER
October 11, 2017
Order Denying MOT for Leave to Amend; Denying MOT for Temporary Restraining Order; Denying MOT for Class Certification; Granting MOT for Amicus Curiae Brief. Read the order.

FILING
October 10, 2017
Plaintiffs' Objection to Proposed Amici Curiae's MOT for Leave to File a Brief Before the Oct 11, 2017 Hearing. Read the filing.

FILING
October 10, 2017
Plaintiff's Reply in Support of Plaintiff's Second MOT for Leave to Amend the Complaint. Read the filing.

FILING
October 10, 2017
Plaintiffs' Reply in Support of their MOT for Temporary Restraining Order. Read the filing. Read the filing.

FILING
October 5, 2017
Plaintiffs’ Notice of Motion and Motion for TRO and Preliminary Injunction. Read the filing.

FILING
October 5, 2017
Plaintiffs’ Notice of Motion and Motion for TRO and Preliminary Injunction. Read the filing.
FILING
October 5, 2017
Second Amended Complaint; Class Action. Read the filing.
FILING
October 5, 2017
Plaintiffs’ Notice of Motion and Motion for Class Certification. Read the filing.
ORDER
February 7, 2017
Order Granting US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Motion to Intervene. Read the order.
FILING
February 2, 2017
Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint. Read the filing.
FILING
February 1, 2017
Plaintiff’s Notice of Motion and Motion for Leave to File Amended Complaint; Declaration of Brigitte Amiri; Exhibit A. Read the filing.
FILING
January 12, 2017
Plaintiff's Opposition to US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Motion to Intervene. Read the filing.
ORDER
November 29, 2016
Denying Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Complaint. Read the filing.
FILING
October 18, 2016
ACLU of Northern California’s Opposition to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss. Read the filing.
FILING
June 24, 2016
ACLU of Southern California, ACLU of Northern California, and ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project filed suit. Read the complaint.

Attorney(s)

Melissa Goodman, ACLU of Southern California; Brigitte A. Amiri, ACLU; Jennifer Ling Chou, ACLU of Northern California; Elizabeth O. Gill, ACLU of Northern California; Brian M Hauss, ACLU; Daniel Mach, ACLU

Court

US District Court for the Northern District of California

Judge

Hon. Laurel Beeler

Case number

3:16-cv-3539-LB

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