Idaho’s top court allows near-total abortion ban to go ahead

Washington, Aug 12 (EFE).- The Supreme Court of Idaho ruled Friday that it would not stop the Republican government of the state from implementing a near-total abortion ban.

By three votes in favor and two against, the state’s highest court denied the bid of a Planned Parenthood affiliate to prevent the ban from coming into effect on Aug. 25, alleging that it violates the rights of privacy and equal protection under the law.

The measure only allows for abortions in the event of rape, incest or to save the life of the pregnant person.

On Aug. 2, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a Department of Justice civil suit against Idaho, charging that its law against abortion violates a federal law requiring most hospitals to give medically necessary treatment – including abortion – to patients experiencing a medical emergency.

It was the first action by the Department of Justice against a state since the Supreme Court in June annulled the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, eliminating federal protection of the right to abortion, ceding their legislation to the states.

It may not be the only one. Garland said at a press conference that the working group on reproductive rights created as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision is dedicating itself to evaluating the changing landscape of state laws and already studying additional litigation against states. EFE


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