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Abortion Coalition Telemedicine's Statement on Idaho v. United States and Moyle v. United States (EMTALA)

Today the ultra-conservative majority of the Supreme Court turned its back on women and pregnant people by allowing anti-abortion state officials to continue in their lawsuit to undermine the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). The law had been protecting the health of pregnant people since 1986 by requiring any Medicare-funded emergency room to provide stabilizing care, including abortion. We condemn that Idaho v. United States and Moyle v. United States will be allowed to continue with litigation at the district court level and seek to put politicians in the way of medical providers treating patients in emergency situations. The anti-abortion state officials are consistently and relentlessly seeking to ban all abortion in hostile parts of the US.  

Denying healthcare care by giving a fetus “patient” status rights in emergency departments is playing Russian Roulette with people’s health. We’ve seen the deadly results globally. Now state officials from Idaho are following suit, willing to put people experiencing pregnancy complications, miscarriage, and follow-up care for self-managed abortion at risk. 

Emergency healthcare professionals are well-trained to provide evidence-based care and adhere to medical ethics. We should not allow anti-abortion politicians and courts to interfere with their work and dedication to protecting health and saving lives.  

ACT will work to address this situation through a coalition effort, strategizing with legal experts and emergency doctors to create guidelines and policies that will empower dedicated healthcare workers to provide all pregnant people with emergency care without regard to anti-abortion politics or hostility. 

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