MADISON — The U.S. Supreme Court today announced a 6-3 decision in Idaho and Moyle, et al. v. United States to dismiss the appeal, which means Idaho hospitals will provide abortion care if the health of the mother is at risk. In Idaho, like Wisconsin, patients are forced to leave the state to receive critical health care because of arbitrary abortion bans inflicted on them by anti-choice politicians. This decision leaves patients in other states that have refused to enforce EMTALA without recourse. 

In response to the announcement, Sen. Kelda Roys (D-Madison) issued the following statement: 

“The MAGA-majority U.S. Supreme Court refused today to enforce a federal law (EMTALA) requiring hospitals to treat pregnant women when they face grave health emergencies. Instead, the Court again punted — giving a small appearance of conciliation by dismissing the appeal — while allowing other jurisdictions to continue ignoring federal law. 

“Trump’s Justices have made it clear that they don’t care if women die, so long as they are denied abortion care. They understand that imposing their extremist ideology on an unwilling public is unpopular, and so they are delaying by dismissing to avoid political peril in November.

“The six right-wing justices who overturned Roe are doing their part to give Republicans a chance to win in November. Since they overturned Roe v. Wade, Wisconsinites and many other Americans have been forced to leave their states to receive abortion care, or been denied care altogether. 

“Your ability to receive emergency health care should not be determined by which state you’re in when disaster strikes: all Americans deserve emergency care in every hospital in the nation.”

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