Biden rails against Supreme Court ruling on Idaho abortion restrictions

By Jen Krausz on
 January 7, 2024

President Joe Biden railed against the Supreme Court in a statement on Friday for its decision to allow Idaho to enact certain restrictions on abortion, saying that it jeopardized women's health.

“Today’s Supreme Court order allows Idaho’s extreme abortion ban to go back into effect and denies women critical emergency abortion care required by federal law,” Biden said in a statement that was shared by the White House.

The court granted a request by Idaho to lift an injunction issued by a federal appeals court preventing the state from prosecuting doctors who perform abortions in the state that they say are for emergency reasons, but are later determined not to be actual emergencies.

In other words, Biden doesn't like that Idaho doctors are not being allowed to skirt the law by claiming a woman needs an emergency abortion when she actually doesn't.

“The overturning of Roe v. Wade has enabled Republican elected officials to pursue dangerous abortion bans like this one that continue to jeopardize women’s health, force them to travel out of state for care, and make it harder for doctors to provide care, including in an emergency,” Biden claimed.

It turns out, though, that his outrage is misdirected at best and disingenuous at best.