White House Says Hospitals, Doctors Must Give Abortions in Emergencies
EMTALA protects providers when performing life-saving services
On Monday, the Biden administration on Monday said doctors and hospitals need to follow federal law and provide abortions if there is a medical emergency and the health or life of the patient is at risk, regardless of state law.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reaffirmed that the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) protects providers when offering legally mandated, life- or health-saving abortion services in emergency situations.
Administration officials said the federal government can penalize doctors or hospitals that fail to provide care in those circumstances.
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