U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court Lets Idaho Anti-Abortion Law Take Effect, for Now

The U.S. Supreme Court has unblocked a lower case decision by District Judge Lynn Winmill which blocked the bill initially.

Idaho’s anti-abortion law went into effect in 2022 as a “trigger bill,” when Roe v. Wade was overturned. However, President Joe Biden’s administration appealed to Idaho’s federal court that the Federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act was supreme to Idaho’s new law.

Winmill agreed with the Biden administration and the law has been on hold until now.

Idaho Attorney General posted the following statement on X in response to the Supreme Court deciding to hear the case in April:

“The US Supreme Court grants Cert and takes abortion case from 9th Circuit finding Idaho likely to prevail on the merits. Court put on hold lower court ruling that blocked the Idaho law in hospital emergencies. Idaho will continue to fight to protect life.”


Biden released a statement after the Supreme Court’s decision to let the law take effect, by stating, in part,

“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. 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.”


Under Idaho’s law, the only abortions that can take place are when the life of the mother is in jeopardy.

Oral arguments will take place this April.

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