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Biden Justice Department attacks Idaho's abortion law

Biden Justice Department attacks Idaho's abortion law


Biden Justice Department attacks Idaho's abortion law

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that challenges Idaho’s abortion law, claiming that it conflicts with a federal law requiring doctors to provide pregnant women medically necessary treatment that could include abortion.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the federal government seeks to invalidate the state’s “criminal prohibition on providing abortions as applied to women suffering medical emergencies."

The announcement is the first major action by the Justice Department challenging a state trigger law since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. It follows a meeting of various pro-abortion groups at the White House last week.  That meeting was hosted by Garland.

The Justice Department brought the suit because federal prosecutors believe Idaho’s law would force doctors to violate the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, a federal law that requires anyone coming to a medical facility for emergency treatment to be stabilized and treated, Garland said.

“Idaho’s law would make it a criminal offense for doctors to provide the emergency medical treatment that federal law requires,” Garland said.