The Planned Parenthood Federation of America and coalition partners protested (that's Georgeanne Usova of the ACLU at left) outside the Department of Health and Human Services in support of a young immigrant woman to have an abortion. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

BREAKING: A D.C. appeals court has given the federal government until Oct. 31 to find a sponsor for an undocumented, pregnant teenager who is in U.S. custody and seeking to have an abortion, which the Department of Health and Human Services has said it does not want to facilitate.

Lawyers for the girl said in court Friday morning that it would be difficult to find a government-approved sponsor, to take custody of the teen, who is being held in a special detention facility for undocumented minors caught crossing the border into the United States illegally.

The teen, who is identified in court papers as “Jane Doe,” is 15 weeks pregnant and has been seeking an abortion since late September. A lower court judge had ordered the government to allow the procedure by Saturday, but the government appealed, resulting in Friday’s decision, which appears likely to to extend the time frame by at least 10 days.

Texas law bans abortion after 20 weeks, and requires patients seeking abortions to undergo counseling by a doctor at least 24 hours before the procedure.

This is a developing story. It will be updated shortly.