SCOTUS dismisses Idaho abortion case, hospitals must allow emergency abortions

 June 28, 2024

The abortion topic, which ranks near the top of important issues as voters hit the polls in November, was once again in the headlines due to a bombshell U.S. Supreme Court decision.

According to The Hill, in a 6--3 ruling, the high court dismissed a case regarding Idaho emergency abortions, meaning that Idaho "hospitals that receive federal funding must allow emergency abortions to take place even though state laws ban almost all abortions."

The landmark case was dismissed as "improvidently granted, which means doctors in Idaho will be able to perform emergency abortions despite state-level restrictions while the case is being litigated."

The high court will have the case make its way back through the lower courts at this time.

What's going on?

Many of the SCOTUS justices offered differing opinions and dissents on the decision to dismiss the case, including Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

"Today’s decision is not a victory for pregnant patients in Idaho. It is a delay," she wrote.

She added, "While this court dawdles and the country waits, pregnant people experiencing emergency medical conditions remain in a precarious position, as their doctors are kept in the dark about what the law requires. This Court had a chance to bring clarity and certainty to this tragic situation, and we have squandered it."

Even though the ruling was only a temporary victory for President Joe Biden and his administration, they were sure to do a victory lap in the wake of the ruling.

"Today’s Supreme Court order ensures that women in Idaho can access the emergency medical care they need while this case returns to the lower courts," President Biden said.

He added, "No woman should be denied care, made to wait until she’s near death, or forced to flee her home state just to receive the health care she needs. This should never happen in America. Yet, this is exactly what is happening in states across the country since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade."

Blaming Trump

Not surprisingly, the White House had to use the issue to blame Trump, as they often do for many policy issues. Vice President Kamala Harris took the lead on that front.

"This ruling does not change the fact that women across the country are being turned away from emergency rooms and denied needed reproductive care because of Donald Trump’s abortion bans," Harris said.

She added, "A second Trump term would make matters even worse. Trump’s team is planning to ban abortion nationwide through executive action, which would impact women in all 50 states."

Trump has denied that he'll ban abortion at the federal level.

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