After the Supreme Court overturned, President Joe Biden had already expressed regret over the decision. He pledged to do everything in his power to protect access to abortion. As president, however, his room for maneuver is limited. His attorney general, Merrick Garland, created a task force to examine state anti-abortion laws in the wake of the court’s ruling.
One of those states is Idaho in the western part of the country. He was one of the authors of the new law, which will come into effect on August 25. The law states that abortion is only possible if it is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman.
Garland has now asked the court to block the law from Idaho because the state law violates the federal law on medical emergencies because Idaho law does not provide an exception for “serious health risk” to a pregnant woman who sues doctors.
Washington’s rationale was that abortion “may be necessary treatment to stabilize a patient in a medical emergency.” However, Garland noted that after the Supreme Court ruling, “there have been many reports of delays, delays and denial of treatment to pregnant women in medical emergencies”.
A dozen states have already banned abortions in their territories, and that could eventually happen in half of the 50 states. A referendum on the matter is being held today in Kansas.
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