A “Good-Adjacent” Ruling From SCOTUS, And Other News From The Abortosphere

by Abortion Access Front

Howdy from Abortion Access Front, everyone’s favorite pro-abortion troublemakers coming atcha every Friday in BUST with a cry-larious weekly round-up of the good, the bad, and, well, mostly bad repro news of the week.

Lots of news so let’s get to it! 

SOME PREGNANT PEOPLE WON’T BE LEFT FOR DEAD IN THE ER. Guess that counts as a “win” these days.

As expected from the leaked decision, the 6-3 Supreme Court ruling affirmed that Idaho (and emergency rooms in the eight other states in the Ninth Circuit) must comply with EMTALA, a federal law that requires any hospital receiving Medicaid funds to provide all stabilizing care –  including abortion care – to patients in their emergency rooms. 


In the case Idaho v. United States (um, already sus), Idaho claimed its horrifying abortion ban, which only allows abortion when “necessary to prevent the death of the pregnant woman,” does NOT violate the aforementioned law called the  Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). The United States argued, “Have you read your law? Your ban literally says you must be actively dying to access abortion care, and federal law overrides state law, so WHAT ARE YOU EVEN TALKING ABOUT?” 

On Thursday, the Supreme Court “officially” agreed with the Justice Dept and said, “Federal law trumps state law, suckas, so you gotta stabilize patients using abortion if necessary.”

Yay, and boo. 

The problem is that SCOTUS didn’t set clear boundaries to help patients and their doctors in emergency situations navigate options with certainty. Instead, it punted the case back to the lower court, leaving a lot of questions. 

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, in a concurring opinion for the majority, lays it out best:  

“This is not a victory, it is a delay. While this court dawdles and the country waits, pregnant people experiencing emergency medical conditions remain in a precarious position, as their doctors are kept in the dark about what the law requires.”

Meanwhile, Amy Coney Barrett made sure her feelings were known by explicitly stating what she needs next time to change her vote to “yes” for letting us die. So thoughtful. 


AKA Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch. They were just big mad their evil plot to give your fetus more rights than you was foiled again. 

Not great Bob. Or should we say, Roberts? 

So What Does This Decision Mean?

Basically, for now, people won’t die in emergency rooms if they need an abortion and live in Idaho or the eight other states west of Montana, at least until the Ninth Circuit re-hearing. They will likely bring up another case after the election. 


The AAF Feminist Buzzkills Pod EXPLAINS IT ALL On This Week’s Episode

The FBK team has assembled a line-up of powerful AF guests who can speak to this ruling from all angles. The guests include Attorney Stephanie Toti, who successfully argued the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstadt case before the Supreme Court; Idaho reproductive rights activist Jen Jackson Quintano; Idaho OB-GYN and abortion provider Dr. Caitlin Gustafson; and Ryan Hamilton, a Texas activist who has been vocal about his and his wife’s experience in accessing emergency abortion care. You don’t wanna miss it. 

OK, onto some other mostly lowlights we need you to know! 


Buckle up, folks, we’re about to absolutely flabbergast the flahooty out of you: SURPRISE! Texas’ abortion ban, instead of “saving babies,” actually resulted in a HIGHER INFANT MORTALITY RATE. JK, it’s not surprising at all that banning access to reproductive care would result in WORSE HEALTH OUTCOMES. Unless of course, you live in their Screwyoutopia. 


Y’all this more than just a news story: This is a PSA. Last week was the second Overturniversary of Roev. Wade, and while it was the law of the land for years it was never enough! The restrictions of Roe led us here and were harming people while it was the law of the land.

The Hyde Amendment, viability bans, criminal penalties, and any abortion restrictions… they all add up to abortion access being inaccessible for someone, whether or not you live in a state with legal abortion. We have to do better than Roe, and create a world where anyone who needs an abortion can get one – full stop.


We will never let you sit with a metric ton of bad news without giving you ways to take action! AAF has some cool and meaningful shit YOU can do to get involved because we believe in you! Look through our Activist Calendar and CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! Don’t feel like clickity clicking? We got HIGHLIGHTS!



Project 2025: Learn About The Asshole  Playbook We Can Expect If…

Do you have time to read a NINE HUNDRED PAGE document that lays out the far right’s evil plans (including eliminating all abortion access in the US)? US EITHER! So do yourself a favor and tune in to Center for American Progress’ Project 2025: Exposing the Far-Right Assault on America to get all of the dirty details on Tuesday, July 9th at 1 pm ET – registration link here!


St Paul, Minnesota: Equal Rights Shouldn’t Be Controversial

Our friends at ERA Minnesota are throwing a shindig at Rockstoria Studios to celebrate all of their hard work and progress on the Equal Rights Amendment and to be in community together! Join their night of music, food, and drinks on Wednesday, July 10th anytime from 4:30 pm to 7 pm CT- registration 

Check out the Activist calendar to find some cool doin’s near you.

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