The Department of Justice is filing suit against the state of Idaho for its restrictive abortion laws, which came into effect after the Supreme Court struck down Roe vs Wade. At a press briefing, Attorney General Merrick Garland outlined the reasons behind the suit and was asked if what the DoJ was doing circumvents and undermines the Supreme Court.
GARLAND: “Today, the justice department filed a lawsuit against the State of Idaho. The suit seeks to hold invalid the state's criminal prohibition on providing abortions as applied to women who are suffering medical emergencies under a federal law known as the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act or EMTALA. Every hospital that receives Medicare funds must provide necessary stabilizing treatment to a patient who arrives at an emergency room suffering from a medical condition that could place their life or health in serious jeopardy. In some circumstances, the medical treatment necessary to stabilize the patient's condition is abortion.”