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It never should have come to this

We just got the news that the Supreme Court has ruled, for now, that abortions in emergency circumstances must be allowed.

This 6-3 ruling in the case of Idaho suing to deny women reproductive health care in emergency rooms, ensures that hospitals in Idaho can still provide abortions when the mother's health is at risk – for now.

I want to be clear: while this ruling could have been far worse, it's no cause for celebration. Women in Idaho — and in other states whose far-right legislatures have enacted harsh anti-choice laws — still face the invasive burden of having to prove a medical emergency in order to get the care they need.

Today's decision by the Supreme Court is nothing short of kicking the can down the road until far-right fanatics are able to cherry-pick a case that will clear judicial hurdles and enable the Court to further strip women of their right to receive the health care they need.

None of this should be happening in a nation that claims to respect individual freedom and privacy.

The GOP-dominated Court paved the way for cruel laws like Idaho's when it overturned Roe v. Wade. Now, it's deliberately slow-walking definitive rulings so that these laws can cause the most damage possible to people. Until we pass federal legislation restoring Roe, the situation will remain dire, and lawyers will be playing God in the emergency room, deciding who lives and who dies, as doctors are left wondering if they'll be persecuted for providing the care that women need.

While today's ruling delays this issue, I'm not breathing a sigh of relief. Instead, I'm doubling down on my efforts to take back the House and expand our Senate majority to codify abortion rights as soon as possible.



Posted on June 27, 2024.

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