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Idaho Abortion Law at the US Supreme Court | AG Raul Labrador & Sen. Melissa Wintrow | Idaho Reports [Video]

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Idaho Abortion Law at the US Supreme Court | AG Raul Labrador & Sen. Melissa Wintrow | Idaho Reports

On Wednesday, the state of Idaho had its day before the U.S. Supreme Court for oral arguments on whether Idaho has the right to set an abortion ban that may conflict with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, or EMTALA. That federal law applies to hospitals that accept Medicare, and mandates that those facilities must provide treatment to stabilize patients in emergencies. The United States argues that sometimes, those treatments could include abortions. The state of Idaho, represented in court by Solicitor General Joshua Turner, argues that the state’s abortion ban does not conflict with EMTALA, as it allows physicians to perform abortions when the patient’s life is in danger, and that there’s no requirement that death must be imminent – in other words, the law allows doctors to good faith judgments that ending a pregnancy is necessary in certain narrow emergencies. But Idaho doctors say they are still concerned that the law’s language is too subjective and doesn’t offer them enough protections. In January, the court lifted a lower court stay on the law, allowing Idaho to fully enforce it. Since then, St. Luke’s says they have had to airlift six pregnant patients for out-of-state emergency treatment, compared to just one last year, according to Kelcie Moseley-Morris of States Newsroom.

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