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The Washington Stand: SCOTUS To Hear Oral Arguments In April Regarding Idaho's Defense of Life Act

Updated: Feb 22

This article was written by Sarah Holliday and published on The Washington Stand.

It’s the start of 2024, and the Biden administration is beginning the new year the same way it ended the last one: with strong opposition to states’ pro-life laws.

Idaho’s Defense of Life Act makes it a crime for an abortionist to kill an unborn child unless it’s necessary to save the life of the mother. Any violators of this law could face the maximum penalty of five years in prison and may have their medical license suspended with the first offense. Additionally, the “Idaho law does not consider removal of a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy as elective abortion,” Breitbart reported.

The Biden administration has challenged Idaho’s law by claiming in a statement that it “denies women critical emergency abortion care required by federal law.” According to the White House, “The overturning of Roe v. Wade has enabled Republican elected officials to pursue dangerous abortion bans” such as “Idaho’s extreme abortion ban.” Biden and his team used the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) of 1986 to sue the state of Idaho under the argument that EMTALA federally protects abortion, particularly in the ER.”

In an emergency application to the high court, Idaho stated “EMTALA does not even mention abortion” and suggested that “it would be odd” for Congress....

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