Supreme Court allows emergency abortions in Idaho

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Supreme Court duly waived An appeal of Idaho’s strict abortion ban on Thursday comes a day after the opinion blocks enforcement of the state’s law. Posted by mistake The court’s website is a striking departure from its more restrictive protocols.

At issue in the case was a state law that prohibits abortions except for the life of the pregnant woman. The Biden administration argued that a federal law would require hospitals to provide abortions in cases where the health of the pregnant woman is at risk.

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The unsigned opinion sparked an uproar from conservative and liberal justices, who formed an unusual coalition to dismiss the case and temporarily block enforcement of Idaho’s draconian ban. While the decision is technically a loss for Idaho, Judge Katanji Brown Jackson emphasized in a partial dissent that the potential impact would be short-lived.

“Today’s decision is not a victory for pregnant patients in Idaho,” Jackson wrote. “It’s late.”

The decision swept the Supreme Court’s abortion ban from the middle of a highly contested presidential election, almost certain to return the issue to the justices. Earlier this month, the court distributed Another abortion case is challenging expanded access to the abortion pill mifepristone. There, a unanimous court held that the anti-abortion doctors and groups that sued lacked standing.

Almost as significant as the Idaho decision was the public fact Got an early glimpse of the end A version of the opinion was inadvertently published briefly online. Bloomberg found the comment and published it online Wednesday before the court took it down.

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