The Biden administration is suing the state of Idaho over the new abortion law set to take effect on August 25.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement that Idaho’s law violated federal statutes. Becerra said that HHS would work with the Department of Justice to protect access to abortion.
The DOJ announced today that it filed a lawsuit against Idaho over the “trigger law” on abortion.
Here is the complete statement from Becerra regarding the lawsuit,
Federal law is clear: patients have the right to stabilizing hospital emergency room care no matter where they live.
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The Department of Health and Human Services will continue its work with the Department of Justice to enforce federal law protecting access to health care, including abortions.
Rep. Brooke Green (D-Boise) shared the HHS statement on Twitter and added,
Idaho women deserve better, no woman should have to plea w/their doctor for their life, when their pregnancy threatens them. The trigger law placed our ID providers in a terrible position. On behalf of Idaho women & providers. Thank you! #idleg #idahoAdvertisement
The Idaho Democrat Party also agreed with the Attorney General’s office going after what they called Idaho’s “extreme abortion ban.” Additionally, the party said Idahoans should make their own decisions on healthcare.
Not everyone agreed with the DOJ’s decision, including Idaho Gov. Brad Little.
Little said he would work with Wasden to oppose federal “meddling” in Idaho. Here was Little’s full response to the Biden administration’s lawsuit against the state of Idaho:
Our nation’s highest court returned the issue of abortion to the states to regulate – end of story. The U.S. Justice Department’s interference with Idaho’s pro-life law is another example of Biden overreaching yet again while he continues to ignore issues that really should demand his attention – like crushing inflation and the open border with Mexico.
Here in Idaho, we are proud that we have led the country in protecting preborn lives. I will continue to work with Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to vigorously uphold state sovereignty and defend Idaho’s laws in the face of federal meddling.
Idaho Republican Party Chairwoman Dorothy Moon said in a statement released by the Idaho Republican Party,
Today, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Biden Administration targeted Idaho by filing a direct legal challenge to Idaho’s abortion law, which will go into effect later this month. This is only the latest in a long line of examples of the federal government assailing Idaho’s cherished values and attempting to impose its policy preferences on the people of Idaho, from Washington, D.C.
The Biden administration believes that emergency rooms should be abortion clinics. The people of Idaho disagree.
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