A federal judge has barred Idaho from enforcing a strict abortion ban in medical emergencies, clearing the way for hospitals to continue treating ectopic pregnancies and other pregnancy-related complications normally for now.
Justices on the Idaho Supreme Court Wednesday heavily questioned both Planned Parenthood and the state over whether it should block the implementation of multiple abortion bans set to take effect this month.
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit that challenges Idaho’s restrictive abortion law, arguing that it conflicts with a federal law requiring doctors to provide pregnant women medically necessary treatment that could include abortion.
Unless the life of the "mother" is directly threatened, Idaho law will require patients to present their doctor with a police report documenting rape or incest to obtain a legal abortion. That could pose a problem, as police typically do not release reports associated with ongoing investigations.