Partial settlement reached in ACLU's abortion lawsuit in Guam

Updated: Mar 8

A partial settlement in a case that sought to restore abortion access in Guam has been reached.

The settlement, which resulted from a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, ensures that one of the two laws challenged in the filing, a 1978 law that requires abortions be “performed” in a clinic or hospital, cannot be used to restrict access to medication abortion.

Archbishop Michael Byrnes of the Archdiocese of Agana lamented the settlement.

"Every person who has known the joy of seeing the beauty of a baby and hearing the laughter of one so precious should be saddened about the developments being thrust upon our island today," he said in a statement.

"The fact of the matter is that a child in the womb is a living human being. Even abortion supporters acknowledge that. Their rights as human beings in the womb are no less important than those of the rest of us," Byrnes added.