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Justice Department sues Idaho over state's abortion ban


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The Idaho law allows for exceptions in cases of rape, incest or threat to a mother's life

Madeleine Hubbard

Aug. 2 2022

The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Idaho over its law that greatly restricts abortion in the state, marking the first Biden administration lawsuit related to the Supreme Court recently striking down its decades-old Roe v. Wade decision that provided a constitutional right to abortion.

The department argues Idaho's abortion law would violate the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, which requires the termination of a pregnancy if a woman's life is in danger. 

The law was passed in 2020 and is set to go into effect August 25. 

The Idaho law allows for exceptions for rape or incest that has been reported to police before the abortion.



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