Conservatives claim that restrictive abortion bans do not harm women, and the Supreme Court has declared that the right to access an abortion is no longer protected under the U.S. Constitution. For at least some patients, the Department of Justice begs to differ.
Some anti-abortion laws are more restrictive than others. For example, some states make their cut-off dates so early that many people won’t even know they’re pregnant during the brief window when an abortion would be legal, and some do not allow exceptions for rape and incest. Idaho Republicans, however, have gone beyond this, even rejecting the idea that abortion should be available to save the life of the mother.
The Idaho Capitol Sun reported last month that the state’s Republican Party convention adopted its new platform, including an absolute opposition to abortion. An exception was proposed to cases where the procedure would be necessary to save the life of the pregnant individual — and voted down. Senate candidate Scott Herndon argued that it was unnecessary, since doctors take an oath to do no harm, and that to “make allowances” would be a loss for the movement.
Here’s Attorney General Merrick Garland, announcing the lawsuit against the state.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announces the DoJ has filed a lawsuit against Idaho over the state’s restrictive abortion law:
“The suit seeks to hold invalid the state’s criminal prohibition on providing abortions, as applied to women who are suffering medical emergencies.” pic.twitter.com/89wUrH4XGG
— The Recount (@therecount) August 2, 2022
“The suit seeks to hold invalid the state’s criminal prohibition on providing abortions, as applied to women who are suffering medical emergencies. Under a Federal law…every hospital that receives Medicare funds must provide necessary stabilizing treatment to a patient who arrives at an emergency room suffering from a medical condition that could place their life or health in serious jeopardy. In some circumstances, the medical treatment necessary to stabilize the patient’s condition is abortion.”
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