Attorney General Merrick Garland continued his fight for abortion rights in a new lawsuit filed against the State of Idaho, which prohibits women seeking emergency treatment from being able to have an abortion. According to Garland, the Department of Justice is seeking a declaratory judgment that the Gem States law violates the Constitution as well as an injunction prohibiting the restrictive abortion legislation from being enforced.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced that the Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Idaho for the state's restrictive abortion statute:
The lawsuit seeks to overturn the state's criminal prohibition on delivering abortions, which was extended to women who are in medical distress. pic.twitter.com/89wUrH4XGG
Garland discussed the reasons for the lawsuit, which would overturn Idaho's criminal prohibition on performing an abortion, which was stated in a press release. Every hospital that receives Medicare funds must provide necessary stabilizing care to a patient who arrives at an emergency room because of a medical condition that might put their life or health in jeopardy.
The Attorney General stated that the Idaho bill provides an exception to prevent the death of a pregnant woman, but excludes no exception for instances in which an abortion is necessary to prevent serious harm to the woman's health, and that the consequences for medical providers are unfair.
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After giving the microphone to Associate Attorney GeneralVanita Gupta, Garland addressed the larger issue of nationwide reproductive freedom since Roe V. Wade was overturned. He promised that the Justice Department would use every available tool to ensure that pregnant women receive the emergency medical treatment they are entitled to under federal law.
Garland assured the Justice Department that it would enforce EMTALA following the Dobbs judgment. Today, there have been widespread reports of delays and denials of treatment to pregnant women experiencing medical emergencies. This includes abortion when that is the necessary treatment. Any state law that prevents a hospital from performing its obligation under EMTALA violates federal law, according to Garland.
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The President and CEO of Planned Parenthood, Alexis McGill Johnson, told HollywoodLife, Today's new lawsuit filed by the Justice Department is a critical step in protecting Idahoans, requesting that Idaho politicians follow the law and allow pregnant women to receive lifesaving emergency medical treatment.
So many people have criticized the SCOTUS' decision to overturn Roe V. Wade, from politicians to celebrities, and many more have joined the movement to support reproductive rights. President Joe Biden also criticized the decision, calling for Americans to restore the Roe as the law of the land.