Roe v Wade may be gone but the fight over nationwide abortion access is just beginning and boy is it heating up fast. While the federal government seemed like a lame duck on the issue at first, that is no longer the case.
On Tuesday the Department of Justice filed and landmark lawsuit against a series of “trigger laws” put in place to restrict abortion access following the reversal of Roe by the Supreme Court of the United States.
The feds said concerning the case that they were opposing the “criminal prohibition on providing abortions as applied to women suffering medical emergencies,’ according to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
This will be the first major piece of opposition from the United States government opposing the so-called trigger laws and their effect on the criminal justice system. Many states have been unsure how to grapple with this, especially in places where abortion was banned outright and people were scheduled to receive one for severe medical conditions.
According to Attorney General Garland “there have been widespread reports of delays and denials of treatment to pregnant women experiencing emergencies.”
He contends that the trigger laws in Iowa violate the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, a federal law that requires anyone coming to a medical facility for emergency treatment to be stabilized and treated.
“Idaho’s law would make it a criminal offense for doctors to provide the emergency medical treatment that federal law requires,” Garland said.
While the lawsuit could affect the ability of conservative-leaning states to ban abortion through the use of trigger laws, that doesn’t mean the same can be said about legislation written and approved after Roe was reversed. Do you think Biden will find a way to restore abortion access or did pro-lifers finally win?