August 13, 2022
US Attorney General Merrick Garland briefs press on DOJ lawsuit challenging Idaho abortion law

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The US Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit seeking to block Idaho’s new restrictive abortion law on grounds that it violates federal law that requires most hospitals to provide medically necessary treatment before discharging patients. is required.

Attorney General Merrick Garland held a news conference Tuesday detailing the lawsuit.

It is the first Justice Department lawsuit targeting the state’s new abortion restrictions, adopted on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling in June that said abortion is not a federal constitutional right.

That decision overturned a 49-year-old Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which established women’s nationwide right to terminate pregnancies.

The lawsuit, filed in Idaho federal court, says the state has “passed an almost complete ban on abortion,” which would make abortion a criminal offense “in all but extremely narrow circumstances” once it takes effect Aug. 25.

Garland said the ban conflicts with the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, which requires a hospital that is required to immobilize a patient to stabilize their medical condition before being transferred or discharged. Accepts Medicare funds to provide treatment in its emergency departments.

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