All* Above All Statement on EMTALA Oral Arguments

April 24, 2024

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Idaho vs. United States case, which could exclude pregnant people from their federal right to emergency medical treatment under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).

All* Above All President Nourbese Flint shared this statement following oral arguments: 

“Today is a reminder that anti-abortion politicians, judges, and extremists were never going to stop at overturning Roe v. Wade. The cruelty of denying people both abortion care and emergency medical care when they experience pregnancy complications truly knows no bounds. This case jeopardizes health care for every single pregnant person. The harm will fall hardest on people of color and people working to make ends meet, who are more likely to visit the emergency room due to lack of access to routine health care. Let’s call this for what it is – anti-abortion politicians want to deny pregnant people emergency medical care because they’d rather prioritize politics over people’s very lives, health, and future fertility.”