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Jane Doe Statement on Abortion October 2017

In Emotional Letter, Jane Doe Says "No One Should Be Shamed For Making the Right Decision"

After a prolonged court battle with the US government, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced that the 17-year-old known undocumented woman known as Jane Doe was finally able to get an abortion on the morning of Oct. 25.

In a statement released by her guardian, Jane Doe depicted a heartbreaking account of the stress sustained as she waited for permission to terminate her pregnancy. Doe explained that she "knew immediately" what was best for her when she learned of her pregnancy at the shelter, and that she wasn't "ready to be a parent." Despite the certainty in the decision to seek out an abortion, Doe wrote that she was forced to "see a doctor that tried to convince me not to abort" and made her "look at sonograms."

Doe also emphasized that her decision to abort was a personal one. "People I don't even know are trying to make me change my mind. I made my decision and that is between me and God." She added that she "would not tell any other girl in my situation what they should do" either.

The statement from Doe ended with a thank you to supporters in the United States, and the 17-year-old said that she's "touched" by the support of people she doesn't even know in a country that she's "just beginning to know." Doe also reiterated why she wanted an abortion in the first place: "I want a better future. I want justice."

Read Jane Doe's statement in its entirety here.

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