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ACLU sues to end Catholic agencies’ aid to unaccompanied minors
July 12th, 2016
By Catholic San Francisco

The American Civil Liberties Union sued June 24 in federal in San Francisco seeking to end the Catholic Church’s access to federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that allow it to serve unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border, the National Catholic Register reported.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its network of Catholic Charities and other partners, refuse to facilitate abortion for minors. The USCCB received close to $10 million in 2014 that covered temporary and long-term foster care that it has provided to thousands of unaccompanied minors. It includes family reunification services as well as a host of culturally appropriate support services, including school placement, dental care and medical care, the Register reported.

The ACLU of Northern California said in its lawsuit that the federal government is legally required to provide unaccompanied minors crossing the border with “basic necessities,” including abortion. According to the ACLU, at least 11 of the more than 30 private agencies that received grants in 2016 to care for undocumented minors are affiliated with the USCCB or other religious groups that oppose abortion and contraception.

The ACLU claimed that Office of Refugee Resettlement’s own regulations state the recipients of grants “must ensure that the victim receives timely and comprehensive information about all lawful pregnancy-related medical services” but that section was deleted from the USCCB contract.

From July 14, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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