The Supreme Court has granted the Trump administration’s request to wipe out a federal appeals court’s ruling upholding the right of teens in immigration custody to seek abortions.
Acting in an unsigned order and without recorded dissent, the high court said the dispute was moot because the 17-year-old at the center of the legal fight had an abortion before the case reached the justices. The Supreme Court didn’t signal a view on the underlying legal issue.
The action means the question is all but certain to arise again, particularly given the Trump administration’s policy of resisting actions it views as facilitating abortions for minors.
The high court also indicated it would not act on the Justice Department’s request to impose sanctions on American Civil Liberties Union attorneys over their actions in the case.