For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
NARAL Pro-Choice America Applauds Department of Justice for Taking Action to Protect Abortion Access in Idaho
Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Idaho, whose total ban on abortion is at odds with federal law. The Idaho trigger ban at issue in this suit is scheduled to go into effect later this month. The lawsuit challenges the ban enacted by extremist state Republicans to ensure that all Idahoans have access to the emergency medical care protected by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement in response:
“We commend the Department of Justice for taking action to protect abortion access in post-Roe America. Attorney General Garland’s leadership here affirms the Department’s commitment to protecting our rights and ensuring people can access the care they need, when and where they need it. We thank the Biden administration for continuing to use its power to defend our reproductive freedom.”
These actions come in the aftermath of the anti-choice supermajority on the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This cruel decision opened the door for extremist state lawmakers to enforce extreme bans on abortion. Roughly half of the states in the country are at risk of banning abortion, and thus far, 14 states have bans in place and many more are rushing to do the same. The people hurt most by these bans and restrictions are those who already face barriers to accessing abortion care—including women; Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; those working to make ends meet; the LGBTQ+ community; immigrants; young people; those living in rural communities; and people with disabilities.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.