In a Monday press release, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that through its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it had issued what it called “clarifying guidance on the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act” on “abortion services in emergency situations.”
The press release issued on Monday announced that HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra had written to health care providers in conjunction with the center’s issuances of a new memorandum purporting to explain the mandates of Emergency Act “in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization….”
Becerra declared that “when a state law prohibits abortion and does not include an exception for the life and health of the pregnant person — or draws the exception more narrowly than Emergency Act’s emergency medical condition definition — that state law is preempted” (Emphasis added).
Donna Harrison, an OB/GYN and the CEO for the Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, told The Federalist, “[We are] concerned that by using the ambiguous word ‘health’ that the Biden administration is trying to use Emergency Act to force the performance of abortions in situations which are not medical emergencies….”
The above comes from a July 13 story in The Federalist.