The Supreme Court allows Idaho to enforce its strict abortion ban, even in medical emergencies

The Supreme Court has granted the state of Idaho the authority to enforce its stringent abortion ban, including in medical emergencies, while the legal battle persists. The justices have scheduled arguments for April and temporarily suspended a lower court ruling that had previously prevented the enforcement of the Idaho law during hospital emergencies. The Biden administration had filed a lawsuit, contending that hospitals receiving Medicare funds must adhere to federal law, which mandates the provision of emergency care, potentially including abortion, irrespective of state abortion bans.

The legal fight followed the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to severely restrict or ban abortion. The Biden administration issued guidance about the law, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, or EMTALA, two weeks after the high court ruling in 2022. The Democratic administration sued Idaho a month later.

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