SCOTUS allows emergency abortions in Idaho for now

by ian

The Supreme Court is officially allowing emergency abortions in the state of Idaho for the time being, despite the state’s near-total ban.

In a 6-3 ruling the judges sent the issue back to the lower courts, ending a stay it had granted earlier in the year. Under Idaho’s law it’s a crime for a doctor to perform abortions except in cases of rape or incest, and to save the life of the mother.

The Justice Department claims Idaho’s abortion law violates federal protections meant to ensure patients receive emergency care.

Conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented from the decision to dismiss the case.

The ruling was accidentally posted to the Supreme Court’s website last night, before being quickly removed, a mistake reminiscent of 2022’s leak of the ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade. The leaker in that case still hasn’t been found.