The Supreme Court has lifted an injunction that protected emergency room doctors in Idaho from being prosecuted under the state’s near-total abortion ban if they performed abortions.

While Idaho has an exception in its abortion laws to save the life of a mother, the Biden administration challenged the state’s laws by claiming it violates the Emergency Room Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), that guarantees access to stabilizing emergency room care in Medicare-funded facilities.

As The Heritage Foundation explained at the time, the Justice Department argued that Idaho’s laws “would make it a criminal offense for doctors to comply with EMTALA’s requirement . . . where a doctor determines that abortion is the medical treatment necessary to prevent a patient from suffering severe health risks or even death.”

The government argues that to “stabilize” a patient means not merely to save her life, as would be legal in Idaho, but to preserve her health. Yet the Biden Department of Justice also confusingly argues that the state’s law prohibiting abortion in cases other than to prevent the death of the mother “will likely result in death for the pregnant person.”

As The Idaho Capital Sun reported, with the injunction lifted, emergency room doctors in Idaho are now subject to potential loss of license, jail time, and fines up to $20,000 in a criminal abortion procedure.

The high court will take up the DOJ’s challenge to Idaho’s law in April, LifeNews reported. The pro-life site also notes that this comes just after a federal appeals court blocked the Biden administration from the same line of attack against Texas laws that prohibit abortion.

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