The Honorable Alex Azar

Secretary of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20201

 

Dear Mr. Secretary:

The undersigned are calling for removal of Scott Lloyd as the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and an end to ORR’s policy blocking abortion care for young immigrants in its custody.

As medical professionals and supporters of reproductive health care access, we know that patients should never be denied access to critical health care. Government officials who interfere in medical decisions do not have patients’ best interest at heart and should not be running an organization devoted to looking after the well-being of immigrants. Scott Lloyd has used his power to impose his religious beliefs onto the young people in ORR custody and has shamed, bullied, and coerced young people into continuing pregnancies against their will. Scott Lloyd is unfit for his position.

ORR’s policy overreaches into the personal decisions of immigrant youth who wish to end their pregnancies, and that is damaging for their mental and physical health. We demand that ORR immediately restore access to reproductive health care services and information, including abortion, for the thousands of young people in its custody.

All people have a right to make decisions about their health and future with dignity and self-determination. The Trump administration is bound by law to respect this right, whatever an individual’s immigration status.