The DOJ filed suit after the Supreme Court overturned Roe, an Idaho abortion law

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the enforcement actions against Russia during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, U.S., on April 6, 2022.

Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters

The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block Idaho’s new restrictive abortion law, which violates a federal law requiring most hospitals to provide medically necessary treatment to patients before discharging them.

This is the first judicial case targeting a state’s new abortion restrictions based on the Supreme Court’s June ruling that there is no federal constitutional right to abortion.

The decision ended the Supreme Court’s 49-year-old Roe v. Overturned the Wade decision, which established a national right for women to terminate their pregnancies.

Attorney General Merrick Garland held a news conference on Tuesday.

The lawsuit, filed in Idaho federal court, notes that the state has “passed a nearly complete ban on abortion,” which will become a criminal offense in “very narrow circumstances” after it takes effect Aug. 25.

Garland said the ban conflicts with the federal Emergency Medical Care and Labor Act, which requires hospitals that accept Medicare funds to provide treatment in emergency departments necessary to confirm a patient’s medical condition before transferring or discharging a patient.

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