The federal law requires public hospitals to stabilize and care for any patient who needs emergency treatment, regardless of a patient's ability to pay. President Ronald Reagan signed it into law in 1986 so that vulnerable patients, including pregnant mothers in labor, would receive essential care for themselves and their preborn children – not to make abortion a common birth-control method.
"This is just an attempt by the Biden administration to expand abortion access," Weaver asserts. "It has nothing to do with providing emergency care for women. That is already provided under our law. This is definitely a weaponization of a good law to try to force something that is against our current laws and against our values."
Texas is one of 22 states with strong pro-life laws in which exceptions for miscarriage management, ectopic pregnancy, and specific medical conditions that potentially qualify as "life-threatening" are already included. No state has any law preventing medical treatment to save the life of a pregnant woman.
Many within the pro-life movement feel this back-door attempt to try to expand abortion and overrule pro-life laws shows the Biden administration's desperation to pay allegiance to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, which played a major role in putting him in office.