A a federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked part of Idaho’s strict abortion law that was set to take effect Thursday, giving the Biden administration a narrow court victory in its first reproductive rights lawsuit since Supreme Court overruled by Roe v. Wade.
Judge B. Lynn Winmill’s ruling prevents Idaho from enforcing the new law if it conflicts with federal guidelines for emergency abortions in hospitals.
“The State of Idaho will suffer no real harm if the court grants the modest preliminary injunction sought by the United States,” Winmill wrote.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the lawsuit v. Idaho earlier this month, and argued that the state law conflicts with a federal law known as the Emergency Medical Assistance and Labor Act, or EMTALA, which was enacted in 1986 to ensure that patients receive adequate emergency medical care.
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