The Trump administration wouldn't keep track of families they separated — but they did keep a meticulous list of girls' menstrual cycles while they were in government custody.
The Department of Homeland Security didn't keep meticulous records of families they had separated at the border, leading to problems reuniting stolen children with their parents.
Yet the Trump administration did keep an incredibly creepy database of pregnant teenage girls' last menstrual cycles and the gestational ages of their fetuses, according to a report over the weekend from Rachel Maddow — a likely effort to be able to block abortions should these girls have requested them while in custody.
According to Maddow's report, the Office of Refugee Resettlement — which was at the time led by anti-abortion zealot Scott Lloyd — tracked menstrual cycles and gestational ages of refugees in custody who were between the ages of 12 and 17.
The data was tracked in a 28-page-long spreadsheet, which contained information of whether the pregnancy was the product of consensual sex or sexual abuse, and whether or not the girls had asked for an abortion.
According to Maddow, Lloyd likely used this information to be able to hold off on allowing these girls the abortions they wanted until it was too late, as the girls may have passed certain milestones in their pregnancies when abortions in some states become illegal.
It had already been reported that Lloyd was tracking pregnancies of teenage refugees who were being held in custody, and that Lloyd was trying to block these girls, some of whose pregnancies were the product of rape, from obtaining abortions.
Lloyd was eventually ordered by a judge in March 2018 to allow the girls who requested abortions to obtain them.
Yet according to the spreadsheets Maddow reported on — which were obtained by the Democratic research firm American Bridge — Lloyd's office continued to track refugee girls' pregnancies at least through June of 2018.
That means it's possible Lloyd could have continued to block abortions until after the judge's order.
Lloyd eventually left the administration in November 2018.
Yet his invasive tracking of pregnancies lives on in government records, which shows the Trump administration clearly had the means to keep detailed records of immigrants in their custody — including families they so heartlessly separated at the border.
Yet they kept better track of pregnant teenagers whose rights they were trying to infringe upon, rather than of where children they ripped from their parents' arms were sent.
It's yet another data point in the growing list of reasons why the Trump administration's "pro-life" stance is a total sham.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.