Judge blocks part of Idaho’s new abortion law in first post-Roe lawsuit by the Biden administration
A protest taking place after Planned Parenthood affiliate filed a lawsuit in the Idaho Supreme Court to stop the state to trigger a law that effectively bans abortion. A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked part of Idaho’s strict abortion law that’s scheduled to take effect Thursday, handing the Biden administration a narrow courtroom win in its first lawsuit to protect reproductive rights since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Idaho Statesman | Tribune News Service | Getty Images
A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked part of Idaho’s strict abortion law that’s scheduled to take effect Thursday, handing the Biden administration a narrow courtroom win in its first lawsuit to protect reproductive rights since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
The ruling from Judge B. Lynn Winmill prevents Idaho from enforcing the new law when it conflicts with federal guidance on emergency abortion care in hospitals.
“The State of Idaho will not suffer any real harm if the Court issues the modest preliminary injunction the United States is requesting,” Winmill wrote.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the lawsuit against Idaho earlier this month, and argued that the state’s law conflicted with a federal statute known as the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, or EMTALA, which was enacted in 1986 to ensure patients receive adequate emergency medical care.
That law requires doctors to provide the emergency medical treatment necessary to stabilize anyone who comes into an emergency room. “This includes abortion, when that is the necessary treatment,” Garland said at the time.
Winmill heard arguments on the Justice Department’s request for a preliminary injunction Monday and said he would issue a written order no later than Wednesday. The state law is still scheduled to take effect Thursday, minus the provision Winmill said the state cannot enforce for now.
While the state argued that its law did not conflict with EMTALA, Winmill found its argument was not persuasive, “because it has failed to properly account for the staggeringly broad scope of its law,” which he said “criminalizes all abortions.”
“It is impossible to comply with both statutes,” Winmill wrote. “[W]here federal law requires the provision of care and state law criminalizes that very care, it is impossible to comply with both laws. Full stop.”
Nashville news anchor fights back tears as she reports on school shooting
Deputies accused of shoving guns in mouths of 2 Black men
Publishers beat Internet Archive as judge rules e-book lending violates copyright
The Best Mondo Posters: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park
CHRISTOPHER STEVENS gives Succession a glowing FIVE-STAR review
Remittances’ Shift To Digital: Driving Change In An Industry Split Between Yesterday And Tomorrow
What a Lifting Belt Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Workout
Used Car Prices Down 8.7 Percent From Last Year, According To Study
Volkswagen Assets Frozen In Russia Over Contract Dispute
Mediterranean Tofu Scramble Recipe | SELF
‘The Bachelor’ Season 27 Finale and After the Final Rose Date, Time, and How to Watch
Is Kimberly-Clark Stock A Better Pick Over Its Industry Peer?
Free webinar: The Digital Revolution in the Global South
One oddsmaker is setting low expectations for the 2023 Patriots
Ashton Kutcher Discusses ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Kiss With Seann William Scott: ‘Like Kissing Sandpaper’
News20 hours ago
How Wrestling Explains America
Finance8 hours ago
Venezuela’s Anti-Corruption Investigation Rocks Cryptocurrency Industry: Exchanges and Mining Farms Shut Down
News22 hours ago
Nick Fuentes Whines Anti-Censorship Platform Is Censoring Him
Tech23 hours ago
Fear the Walking Dead Season 8 Trailer: Morgan Mentions Rick
Finance6 hours ago
Could TikTok Get Banned Before It Goes Public? Congress Hearing Throws Doubt On Company’s Future, Keeping Tech Investors On Their Toes
Lifestyle24 hours ago
Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo Bond in Wicked-ly Adorable Photos
Investing8 hours ago
Morgan Stanley believes this mega-cap tech stock has 50% upside
Auto11 hours ago
Kia Soul Goes Airborne After Smashing Into Runway Wheel In Wild Crash