Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta speaks at a podium bearing the Department of Justice seal. To the left is Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, who stands in front of the American flag. To the right stands the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney for the Civil Division Brian Boynton.

"Under the Idaho law, healthcare professionals such as nurses and lab techs face license suspension and, potentially, revocation for even assisting with abortions," said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. "The law thus places medical professionals in an impossible situation: they must either withhold stabilizing treatment required by EMTALA or risk felony prosecution and license revocation. In so doing, the law will chill providers' willingness to perform abortions in emergency situations and will hurt patients by blocking access to medically necessary healthcare."