President Joe Biden has reversed course somewhat on the issue of abortion following the midterm elections.
Democrats will hold the Senate, but it appears as though the House will fall to a thin GOP majority, meaning it won’t be legislatively possible to codify abortion rights in federal law.
“I don’t think they can expect much of anything other than we’re going to maintain our positions,” Biden said when asked during a news conference over the weekend what voters could expect regarding abortion from the next Congress.
“I don’t think there’s enough votes to codify (Roe v. Wade abortion rights) unless something happens unusual in the House (of Representatives). I think we’re going to get very close in the House – but I don’t, I think it’s going to be very close – but I don’t think we’re going to do it,” he added.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, the 1973 high court decision that legalized abortion across the country. The court’s summer decision did not ban abortion outright but rather returned the issue to individual states.
In August, Biden’s partisan Justice Department filed its first lawsuit against a pro-life law in the regime’s ongoing war on the unborn.
According to The Daily Wire, the DOJ filed suit against the state of Idaho on Tuesday over a nearly universal ban on abortions, marking the first suit of its kind since the U.S. Supreme Court thankfully overturned the “egregiously” wrong Roe v. Wade decision legalizing the procedure in all states in 1973.
The DOJ’s partisan-in-chief, Attorney General Merrick Garland, announced the suit Tuesday afternoon at a press conference, claiming that the Idaho statute unlawfully restricts abortion access in at least some cases where a mother’s life may be at risk.
“If a patient comes into the emergency room with a medical emergency jeopardizing the patient’s life or health, hospitals must provide the treatment necessary to stabilize that patient,” Garland said, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. “This includes abortion when that is the necessary treatment.”
The Daily Wire adds:
Idaho’s law is set to take effect later this month, banning all abortions except where the life of the mother is in danger, rape, and incest. Though the state law has an exception for abortion if the life of the mother is in danger, the Justice Department’s lawsuit says the exception is too narrow and runs the risk of forcing doctors to violate federal law.
“The State of Idaho, however, has passed a near-absolute ban on abortion. Once the Idaho law takes effect on August 25, 2022, Idaho Code § 18-622 will make it a felony to perform an abortion in all but extremely narrow circumstances,” the DOJ says in its lawsuit.
“The Idaho law would make it a criminal offense for doctors to comply with [Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act] requirement to provide stabilizing treatment, even where a doctor determines that abortion is the medical treatment necessary to prevent a patient from suffering severe health risks or even death,” the suit claims.
GOP Gov. Brad Little ripped the DOJ, calling the suit nothing more than “federal meddling” in his state’s newly acquired authority to regulate the procedure from the June Supreme Court ruling.