SCOTUS Appears to Allow Emergency Abortions in Idaho


Christian F. Nunes, president of National Organization for Women speaks as abortion rights activists and Women's March leaders protest as part of a national day of strike actions outside the Supreme Court, Monday, June 24, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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The Supreme Court inadvertently posted an opinion on the court’s website suggesting it will permit emergency medical abortions in Idaho, first reported by Bloomberg News. The potential ruling would uphold a lower court’s decision allowing hospitals to perform abortions when the mother’s life is at risk.

The opinion, if finalized, would dismiss Idaho’s appeal without addressing broader legal questions. The case has significant implications as it challenges state restrictions following the Supreme Court’s 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Anti-abortion demonstrators protest outside the Supreme Court, Wednesday, June 26, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The ruling would invoke the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, which mandates hospitals to stabilize patients in life-threatening situations. The decision, expected to be finalized later this week, comes amid heated political debates on reproductive rights that could shape the landscape of emergency medical care and abortion access.

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