Federal judge blocks part of Idaho's near-total abortion ban in win for DOJ

Posted on AllSides August 25th, 2022
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A federal judge on Wednesday granted the Justice Department's request to temporarily block a portion of Idaho's near-total abortion ban, ruling that "state law must yield to conflicting federal law" when it comes to abortions in medical emergencies.

Why it matters: The ban that's set to take effect Thursday would outlaw abortion in the state unless a pregnant person's life were endangered or if the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest that was reported to law enforcement.

The Department of Justice had argued the ban's "extremely narrow" exceptions conflict with federal law, which allows...

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