Trump’s Top Anti-Abortion Immigration Official Obtained An Abortion

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Office of Refugee Resettlement director Scott Lloyd spends his days trying to prevent immigrant women under his supervision from legally obtaining an abortion, but there was a time when he personally drove his pregnant girlfriend to obtain an abortion that he paid for.

Mother Jones obtained an assignment from a 2004 class at Catholic University that Lloyd participated in where he wrote that he willingly helped his girlfriend obtain an abortion even though he supposedly disagreed with it.

Scott Lloyd’s anti-abortion crusade began when, as a young man, he found himself faced with a partner’s unexpected pregnancy. Many years later, Lloyd would take his battle to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, where, as its leader since March 2017, he has personally intervened to block teenage migrants in federal custody, including at least one rape victim, from accessing abortions. But it was that summer day long ago that made him decide abortion is wrong under all circumstances, including rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at risk. When asked about his plans for the day, he said he was going fishing; instead, he drove the young woman he had gotten pregnant to get the abortion he disagreed with. Years later, as a first-year law student at Catholic University, he described this formative experience in anguished detail in a class assignment provided to Mother Jones by a classmate and confirmed by seven others.

The truth about abortion,” he wrote, “is that my first child is dead, and no woman, man, Supreme Court, or government—NOBODY—has the right to tell me that she doesn’t belong here.” [...]

In the essay, Lloyd recalled his shock and fear at learning the woman was pregnant. He described spending a sleepless week praying, seeking advice from friends, and reading the Bible. He wanted to put the baby up for adoption, and he and the woman argued when she told him she’d had already arranged for an abortion. The next day, Lloyd drove to pick up the woman for her appointment, still hoping to convince her otherwise. She had asked him to pay for half the procedure.

In addition to driving and partially paying for the procedure, Lloyd also sat in the lobby of the clinic and waited while it was done.

Maybe Lloyd had a Come to Jesus moment after this, but these don't seem like the actions of someone who was exceptionally opposed to the idea in all circumstances. They seem like the actions of someone who was desperate, as most people who obtain abortions are. No one gleefully obtains an abortion because they enjoy it; they do so because they feel like it's their best choice or only choice.

That's almost certainly true for immigrants under Lloyd's supervision who he would force to give birth in some of the worst circumstances imaginable. And he would apparently force them to do that because of his own guilt.

I struggle to think of anything more arrogant and selfish than a male government official telling defenseless women that they can't obtain an abortion just because he's feeling guilty about his own actions.

This man should not be anywhere near a position of power.

  • David Greenberg

    An important article to read on this subject. Not too long and worth the effort.

  • muselet

    I empathize (somewhat) with Scott Lloyd right up to the point where he decided a blob of undifferentiated cells is more important than a woman’s life.

    What Lloyd is doing is the Righty equivalent of virtue signaling: make others, especially the powerless, suffer in order to show that he really and truly believes! in some Righty principle, in this case abortion bad! Empathy, the opinions and considered decisions of others (especially the others affected), the law, all these things are irrelevant.

    I struggle to think of anything more arrogant and selfish than a male government official telling defenseless women that they can’t obtain an abortion just because he’s feeling guilty about his own actions.

    I can’t think of anything, either.


  • Draxiar

    The truth about abortion is that no one has the right to tell a woman what she has to do with own body.

    Side note, as harsh as this may sound, humans aren’t an endangered species. We’re 7 billion strong and are reaching the point of being unsustainable if we haven’t passed that point already. I’m not saying that we should have forced abortions or start culling the herd Soylent Green style or go full Thanos and wipe out half the population. I’m not advocating for a cruel or neglectful solution (ala “Let them die and decrease the surplus population” ~Scrooge). Hell, I’m not even saying that families should be restricted to only one or two kids (I come from a family of six kids). If a woman decides to have an abortion, it’s not a tragedy in the grand scheme of life on Earth.

    Damn I sound like an asshole…and I don’t mean to sound that way.

    • No you don’t sound like an asshole. You sound like a pragmatist and a liberal. I agree.

    • Ceoltoir

      The truth is that the forced birth position is totally amoral, has only been around for the last 150 years and is only justified by imposing one’s religious beliefs on others. This individual is the worst sort of hypocrite, he was only for abortion when his life was affected and now he is trying to force others to live according to what he says are his beliefs.

    • Username1016

      You don’t sound like an asshole at all. The right-to-lifers have imbued this whole thing with ENDLESS drama, but in real life the choice is often very straightforward.