PRESS RELEASE: Response to Supreme Court Moyle v. United States Decision Leak

June 26, 2024


BOISE, IDAHO – Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Moyle v. United States decision was inadvertently posted to the Court’s website momentarily and immediately taken down.

Idaho Family Policy Center has issued the following statement and will not comment any further until the formal decision is released.


A statement from Blaine Conzatti, President of Idaho Family Policy Center:

Assuming that the leaked opinion is representative of the forthcoming final opinion, we’re disappointed in – and strongly disagree with – the decision of the Court.

That said, we’re not surprised by the outcome. Federal government agencies under multiple presidential administrations have incorrectly interpreted EMTALA as requiring emergency room abortions during medical emergencies.

Several years ago, Idaho Family Policy Center warned lawmakers that the ‘life of the mother’ exception in the Trigger law could be construed as conflicting with EMTALA and would almost certainly be challenged in federal court.

For this reason, when we researched, drafted, and championed our Heartbeat law, Idaho Family Policy Center instead utilized an EMTALA-compliant version of the ‘medical emergency’ exception.

At the time, our decision to include this EMTALA-compliant language received criticism from some pro-life allies. But, as a result of careful drafting, our Heartbeat law has survived every court challenge while simultaneously protecting mothers and saving the lives of thousands of preborn babies.

While this decision will certainly have profound implications for abortion policy nationally, the leaked opinion does not affect the power of states to ban elective abortions.

Because ‘medical emergency’ exceptions have proven just as effective as ‘life of the mother’ exceptions in restricting access to elective abortions, we do not anticipate that the abortion rate in Idaho would increase as a result of this ruling.

Regardless of the final outcome, the Biden administration and its pro-abortion allies on the progressive left will never stop attacking pro-life laws that protect the lives of both the mother and the preborn baby.

Now is not the time for those who recognize the sanctity of every preborn human life to back down.

One thing is for sure—Idaho Family Policy Center will not stop fighting to safeguard and strengthen our pro-life protections until every preborn child receives equal protection of the laws.


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