In Idaho, abortion is only legal if the woman has been the victim of rape or incest, or if her doctor believes it is necessary to perform the procedure to preserve her life.
On Tuesday, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Idaho’s near-total ban on abortion, claiming that it will penalize doctors who perform abortions in medical situations.
After the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade in June, the question of abortion was returned to the states, and Idaho’s statute goes into force on Aug. 25.
When making this conclusion, doctors are required to make use of their “good faith medical judgment” and “based on the information accessible to the physician at the time” to reduce the risk of the pregnant woman passing away as a result of an inevitable abortion. In any other circumstance, having an abortion is against the law.
On Tuesday, an attorney general stated that the new regulation in Idaho would violate the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act because it requires physicians to administer stabilizing therapy to their patients.