The U.S. Supreme Court accidentally published draft document related to a high-profile abortion case in Idaho

The U.S. Supreme Court accidentally published draft document related to a high-profile abortion case in Idaho
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The U.S. Supreme Court acci­den­tal­ly pub­lished a draft doc­u­ment this week relat­ed to a high-pro­file abor­tion case in Ida­ho. The doc­u­ment sug­gests the Court will dis­miss the Ida­ho case and rein­state a low­er court rul­ing requir­ing emer­gency abor­tion access in the state.

How­ev­er, the Supreme Court was quick to note the doc­u­ment was pub­lished pre­ma­ture­ly and any opin­ions expressed are not final until offi­cial­ly released. Court spokesper­son Patri­cia McCabe said the draft “has not been released” and the jus­tices can still alter their stances up until pub­li­ciz­ing a decision.

Ida­ho’s so-called “Defense of Life Act” bans near­ly all abor­tions, with­out excep­tions for rape, incest or mater­nal health risks. The Biden admin­is­tra­tion chal­lenged the law, argu­ing it con­flicts with fed­er­al leg­is­la­tion requir­ing hos­pi­tals to pro­vide sta­bi­liz­ing treat­ment in emer­gency situations.

If the leaked doc­u­ment reflects the Court’s ulti­mate rul­ing, it would dis­miss Ida­ho’s appeal as “improv­i­dent­ly grant­ed.” That out­come would allow a pre­vi­ous court order to take effect once more, man­dat­ing abor­tion access for emer­gency cas­es in the con­ser­v­a­tive state.

The pre­ma­ture dis­clo­sure is an embar­rass­ing slip-up for the high court, which has tight­ened secu­ri­ty pro­ce­dures since last year’s unprece­dent­ed leak of Jus­tice Ali­to’s draft Dobbs deci­sion over­turn­ing Roe v. Wade. With abor­tion access still in legal lim­bo across much of the nation, all eyes remain on the Supreme Court’s offi­cial rul­ing on Ida­ho’s con­tro­ver­sial ban.

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