The Supreme Court Could Have Done More to Protect Women’s Lives

Statement by National NOW President Christian F. Nunes 

WASHINGTON, D.C.Christian F. Nunes, National NOW President, issued the following statement in response to today’s Supreme Court decision in Moyle v. United States and Idaho v. United States, cases that challenge the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA):  

“A Supreme Court that’s AWOL for women’s health took another half-measure to keep from upholding a 40-year-old federal law, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). 

This Court could have done more than reinstate a lower court order that keeps Idaho from enforcing a ban on treating pregnant patients with abortion care in hospital emergency rooms.  They could have clearly sided with women’s health and protected women’s lives. 

Nothing short of a full guarantee that all patients will have access to abortion care in emergencies can be counted on as a victory today. Today’s decision to allow the case to continue in lower courts was far from a victory. 

We need courts that will strengthen life-saving protections for women who need emergency care and not manipulate the legal system to roll these protections back or block them altogether. This November, women will remember who put the judges on the courts who now put their lives at risk.”  


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