The Latest: Appeals court: Immigrant must wait for abortion

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Posted: Dec 18, 2017 10:51 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge ordering the Trump administration to allow two immigrant teenagers in U.S. custody to obtain abortions (all times local):

10:50 p.m.

An appeals court in Washington says a pregnant immigrant teenager must wait at least another day to have an abortion to give the court more time to consider the case.

The appeals court ruled late Monday, hours after a federal judge ordered President Donald Trump's administration to allow two pregnant immigrant teenagers in U.S. custody to obtain abortions.

The Trump administration appealed the judge's ruling as it applied to the teen who is about 10 weeks pregnant. It did not appeal to stop the teenager who is about 22 weeks pregnant from having an abortion.

Both girls arrived in the country as unaccompanied minors and are being held in federal shelters, though it is not revealed precisely where.

The American Civil Liberties Union went to court on the girls' behalf.

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7:15 p.m.

The Trump administration says it is "deeply disappointed" by a federal judge's order that would allow two immigrant teenagers in U.S. custody to obtain abortions.

Judge Tanya Chutkan said Monday that the administration can't prevent the 17-year-old girls from exercising their right to an abortion.

The judge is giving the administration 24 hours to try to persuade a higher court to block her order.

The Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families says the two girls had the option of returning to their home countries or finding sponsors. It says, "HHS-funded facilities that provide temporary shelter and care for unaccompanied alien minors should not become way stations for these children to get taxpayer-facilitated abortions."

The American Civil Liberties Union went to court on the girls' behalf.

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6:20 p.m.

A federal judge is ordering President Donald Trump's administration to allow two pregnant immigrant teenagers in U.S. custody to obtain abortions.

Judge Tanya Chutkan says in an order Monday that the administration can't prevent the 17-year-old girls from exercising their right to an abortion.

The judge is giving the administration 24 hours to try to persuade a higher court to block her order.

Both girls arrived in the country as unaccompanied minors and are being held in federal shelters, though it is not known precisely where.

The American Civil Liberties Union went to court on behalf of the girls. The situation is similar to that of a third 17-year-old girl who was able to obtain an abortion in October, following a high-profile court fight.