SCOTUS hearing abortion case that could upend state laws

by ian

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that could reshape state abortion laws.

The Biden administration is challenging an Idaho law that makes performing an abortion a felony, except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk. The administration claims that the law violates an emergency medical statute and is seeking to expand the set of exceptions for abortions to include more than life-threatening emergencies.

Pro-life advocates say the Biden administration is trying to force hospitals to perform abortions, as facilities would lose federal funding for failing to comply. Idaho lawmakers have described the move as an “unauthorized power grab.”

The decision will likely have impacts in other states, as Texas is currently facing a similar dispute with the federal government.