Supreme Court makes first abortion ruling since they overturned Roe v. Wade and it has pro-lifers cheering

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After the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, a number of states have passed strong pro-life legislation.

And the pro-abortion lobby has tried to get them overturned.

But now the Supreme Court has made its first abortion ruling since they overturned Roe v. Wade, and it has pro-lifers cheering.

Idaho’s pro-life abortion law can go into effect, according to a recent order from the U.S. Supreme Court.

A good start, but not done yet

The decision was involving a case that marks the first time that the court has weighed in on a state’s criminal law on abortion since it overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022. 

The Supreme Court determined that Idaho could enforce the Defense of Life Act, which outlaws most abortions except in specific circumstances. 

Under the Idaho law, a provider who conducts an abortion can face up to five years in prison and the suspension or revocation of his or her license. 

Idaho enacted the law in 2020, and then after the Supreme Court reversed Roe in June of 2022, which returned regulatory authority over abortion back to the states, the law went into effect.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in April about the Idaho law, putting on hold a lower court ruling based on an August 2022 lawsuit filed by the Biden administration.

That suit claims the Gem State’s abortion ban interfered with a federal law requiring hospitals that receive Medicare funds to provide emergency care. 

Specifically, the U.S. Justice Department argues that the law forces doctors to violate the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. 

A lower court sided with the administration and blocked the Idaho law from going into effect.

But the Supreme Court’s decision allows the law to go into effect until their ruling on the case, which will be heard in their June session.

“It is critical that Idaho’s emergency rooms are not turned into ‘abortion clinics'” 

Brandi Swindell, the founder and CEO of Stanton Healthcare, a pro-life medical clinic in Idaho, applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Defense of Life Act. 

She said the law “protects innocent children from abortion violence and women from abortion abuse.” 

Swindell also pointed out the Idaho law does allow for exceptions if the pregnancy poses a threat to the mother’s life or is a result of rape or incest. 

“It is critical that Idaho’s emergency rooms are not turned into ‘abortion clinics,'” Swindell said in a statement provided to The Christian Post

“At Stanton Healthcare, we will continue to provide exceptional medical care, tangible support and hope to women facing unexpected pregnancies as we work to make abortion unthinkable and end abortion abuse,” she continued. 

The White House issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision. 

President Joe Biden used the decision to call on Congress to restore the “protections of Roe v. Wade” and referred to Idaho’s abortion law as “dangerous.” 

He then repeated the administration’s ridiculous claim that the Idaho law will make it harder for doctors to provide emergency medical care. 

“These bans are also forcing doctors to leave Idaho and other states because of laws that interfere with their ability to care for their patients,” Biden stated. “This should never happen in America.”

“The Vice President and I believe that health care decisions should be made by women and their doctors, not politicians. We will continue to defend a woman’s ability to access emergency care under federal law,” the president continued. “As this case continues, the stakes could not be higher for women across America. Congress must immediately restore the protections of Roe v. Wade so that women in every state can access the health care they need.” 

But under Idaho’s Defense of Life Act, an abortion is not a criminal act if a provider determines, based on “good faith medical judgment,” that an abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother. 

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.