Health Law Highlights

Biden Administration Tells Doctors They Must Provide Emergency Abortions

Summary of article from AP News, by Amanda Seitz, Christine Fernando:

In response to a recent Supreme Court ruling, the Biden administration has directed emergency room doctors to perform emergency abortions when necessary to save a pregnant woman’s health, emphasizing compliance with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). This follows the Supreme Court’s failure to clarify whether state abortion bans override this federal law. The administration’s guidance aims to address reports of pregnant women being denied emergency care due to legal uncertainties. Enforcement will resume in Idaho, but remains on hold in Texas due to ongoing legal challenges. Additionally, the administration is enhancing resources for patients to file complaints against hospitals that fail to provide required emergency care.