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What is truly on the line in the legal battle between state law and federal rule.

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on whether states can refuse to comply with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, which mandates stabilizing care for all emergency room patients, including abortion care. The Biden administration sued Idaho for an anti-abortion law that conflicts with EMTALA, asserting that federal law supersedes state law. Emergency medicine physician Dara Kass explains that EMTALA protects patients by ensuring immediate interventions to prevent harm, emphasizing the risks of delaying treatment. Idaho’s law prioritizing fetal life over maternal health is criticized as dangerous and unnecessary, as existing practices prioritize saving the mother’s life pre-viability.


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