It is the first major lawsuit in which the Department of Justice has challenged the state’s so-called “trigger law” since the US Supreme Court declared in June that Roe v. Wade does not guarantee the right to free abortion.
The purpose of the lawsuit is to overturn “Idaho’s criminal prohibition on providing abortions to women on medical grounds,” according to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Idaho’s new restrictive abortion law, which is set to take effect August 25, will make nearly all abortions illegal. According to the attorney general, this is a violation of federal law that obliges hospitals in the United States to provide basic care to women in emergency situations.
This could be appropriate, for example, when a woman is going through a miscarriage that may lead to septicemia or bleeding, or has severe preeclampsia, according to NBC News.
After the Supreme Court ruling, President Joe Biden promised to fight all legal means to preserve abortion rights in the states.
The announcement of the lawsuit against Idaho comes on the same day that Kansas holds a referendum on the abortion issue.
In June, the Supreme Court overturned the ruling in Roe v. Wade, which had guaranteed the right to abortion since 1973. The HD decision meant that power over abortion laws had been transferred to the states.
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