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Attorney General Brown Takes Action to Protect Access to Emergency Abortion Care 

Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has participated in a collective effort with a coalition of 24 attorneys general to ensure the provision of abortion care during medical emergencies. This coalition filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the cases of Idaho v. U.S. and Moyle v. U.S., advocating for the continuation of a preliminary injunction. This injunction mandates Idaho hospitals to deliver emergency abortion services in alignment with the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).

The coalition asserts that under EMTALA, abortion is recognized as emergency care. It argues that Idaho’s abortion restrictions, when applied to emergency situations defined by EMTALA, detrimentally affect both patients and the overall health system.

The United States has a regulation, EMTALA, which applies to hospitals with emergency departments accepting Medicare. This law obliges emergency rooms to offer necessary treatments, including abortion, to stabilize any emergency medical conditions. Idaho’s law, however, imposes criminal penalties on almost all forms of abortion care, even when an abortion is essential to avert serious health risks to pregnant patients.

The coalition emphasizes that prohibiting emergency abortion care is detrimental to pregnant individuals’ health and risks their lives. It further contends that restricting doctors from providing this care not only strains healthcare systems in other states but also could lead to a public health crisis.

Attorney General Brown’s involvement in this brief aligns him with attorneys general from states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

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