Biden administration says Idaho’s near-total abortion ban conflicts with a federal law setting standards for emergency room treatment for pregnant women

Anti-Abortion-Activists Anti-abortion activists, right, confront abortion rights supporters outside the Supreme Court on April 24, 2024Andrew Harnik / Getty Images

Leviticus 24:17 “Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.

Important Takeaways:

  • The Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with whether provisions of Idaho’s near-total abortion ban unlawfully conflict with a federal law aimed at ensuring certain standards for emergency medical care for patients, including pregnant women.
  • The justices are weighing an appeal brought by Idaho officials who are contesting a lawsuit filed by the Biden administration over abortion access in emergency situations.
  • The state law says that anyone who performs an abortion is subject to criminal penalties, including up to five years in prison.
  • The Biden administration argues that care should include abortions in certain situations. The law applies to any hospital that receives federal funding under the Medicare program.

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