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US State sues Biden administration for guidance directing doctors not to perform abortions on pregnant patients who are at high risk.

Texas, the US state, sued Biden Administration over recent federal guidelines which directed doctors to perform. Emergency abortionsIn cases where the life or health of a pregnant woman is in danger.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the lawsuit on Thursday, accusing the Biden administration of attempting to “transform every emergency room in the country into a walk-in abortion clinic”.

Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advised that a federal law protecting patients’ access to emergency treatment requires abortions to be performed when doctors believe a person’s life or health is in danger.

Biden Administration argued that this requirement applies in all states, even those where abortion is banned. Nearly all situations following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v WadeThe 1973 case that established the United States’ right to an abortion.

The guidance applies “irrespective of any state laws or mandates that apply to specific procedures”, HHS said in a memo (PDF) on Monday.

“If a physician believes that a pregnant patient presenting at an emergency department is experiencing an emergency medical condition … and that abortion is the stabilizing treatment necessary to resolve that condition, the physician must provide that treatment.”

This is just the latest example in a series of legal battles to shape the law. Post-Roe landscapeThe US has seen a split between conservative states pushing for restrictions and liberal states looking for ways to preserve access to abortion.

The A flurry legal actionsThis has caused confusion as the courts, state legislatures, federal government and other agencies all have different rules. Participate in the debate about abortion.

Paxton has argued that the Biden administration is trying to “have their appointed bureaucrats mandate that hospitals and emergency medicine physicians perform abortions”, despite the fact that the guidelines refer to emergency situations.

A number of laws are in Texas ban abortionThere are no exceptions for incest or rape. But Paxton argues in the lawsuit that under those laws, abortions performed for “the purpose of saving the life of the mother” are not illegal. Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), however, have not. argued that those exceptions are “narrow”.

A judge had Previous Block Texas officials from enforcing a dormant 1925 state abortion ban that Paxton said was back in effect following the Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn Roe. Paxton filed an emergency motion asking the state’s Supreme Court to vacate that decision, which it did on July 2.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre slammed the Texas lawsuit on Thursday as “yet another example of an extreme and radical Republican elected official”.

“It is unthinkable that this public official would sue to block women from receiving life-saving care in emergency rooms, a right protected under US law,” she said in a Statement.

Abortion rights groups are urging the Biden administration not to remove Roe’s protections.

Biden signed an Executive OrderOn July 8, HHS was directed to protect access to federally approved abortion pills and contraception as well as promote public educationReproductive rights are being promoted.

The Democratic Party continues to debate how much and what steps can be taken to ensure access to abortion after Roe has been repealed. Some progressives have criticized the Democratic Party’s position. Lack of urgencyFrom the party leaders.

Others believe that voters will be a rebuke for the Republican Party in the 2022 midterms regarding recent abortion restrictions.


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