White House Says Doctors Must Give Abortions In Emergency Situations

White House Says Doctors Must Give Abortions In Emergency Situations

Abortions will still be lawfully practiced across the nation in emergency cases, President Biden says. Three weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, the White House says federal law must be upheld and abortions are to be performed in case of emergencies.

According to The Hill, the Biden administration released an updated guidance Monday reminding doctors that they can be penalized for failing to provide care in emergency circumstances where an abortion is called for.

Under the law, no matter where you live, women have the right to emergency care — including abortion care. Today, in no uncertain terms, we are reinforcing that we expect providers to continue offering these services and that federal law preempts state abortion bans when needed for emergency care.

EMTALA Protects Mothers Needing Abortions In Critical Situations

The White House guidance comes after Biden signed an executive order on reproductive health in June. The President noted that EMTALA, The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, passed in 1986, is still in play, especially if a mother’s life is at risk.

EMTALA has been on the books for over 30 years. Under the law, if an emergency medical condition is found to exist, the hospital must provide available stabilizing treatment or an appropriate transfer to another hospital that has the capabilities to provide stabilizing treatment.

As you know, Biden spoke about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade. In a press conference, he stated:

“It was three justices named by one President, Donald Trump, who were at the core of today’s decision and who were the core of today’s decision” to overturn Roe v Wade, Biden stated.

He also stated the decision is “a culmination of a deliberate effort over decades to upset the balance of our law.” Biden continued to speak and reminded the American people that abortion is on the ballot in November, following Nancy Pelosi.


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