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Hospitals Must Provide Abortions When Needed Post-Roe, HHS Says

  • When bans impact care, HHS says doctors’ judgment prevails
  • Agency says it will remove violators from Medicare program
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Biden Says Roe Decision Not Driven by the Constitution

The US Department of Health and Human Services says its law requiring emergency medical treatment takes priority over state restrictions prohibiting abortions. The guidance is meant to protect pregnant patients facing serious medical situations following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The department said that physicians’ judgment will prevail to protect the health of women in labor and with conditions such as ectopic pregnancies or dangerously high blood pressure, as required by its Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.