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Idaho Lawmakers Walk Back Abortion Crackdown to Assuage US Judge

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Idaho lawmakers offered to revise a plan to prosecute doctors for performing abortions to allow emergency health exceptions after a judge said the state’s strict enforcement may run afoul of federal law.

The legislators submitted a proposed rewording of a law set to take effect this week hours after a federal judge indicated that he may block the measure in response to a lawsuit by the Biden administration. It’s the federal government’s first such challenge to a state restriction since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the US Supreme Court.