Students for Life of America Rallying at Supreme Court in Protest of the Biden Administration’s Weaponization of Federal Policy by Forcing Abortion into Emergency Rooms 

Kristi Hamrick - 22 Apr 2024

“When a pregnant mother goes to an emergency room in Idaho, courageous medical professionals rush to help two patients. For that kind of heroism, Idaho will be at the Supreme Court fighting back against another weaponized program, tainted by the anti-baby bias of the Biden Administration,” said SFLA’s Kristan Hawkins. “You can tell how radical Biden’s team is in their willingness to abuse a program that was designed to ensure that poor people got emergency care, twisting it into a demand that in Idaho, children die by abortion in an ER. If your ‘healthcare’ kills people on purpose, you’re doing it wrong.”  

MEDIA ALERT: Reporters are invited to attend two separate events Tuesday & Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court where the Pro-Life Generation will be represented by Students for Life Action Government Affairs Coordinator Savanna Deretich. 

PRAYER VIGIL: April 23, 7:00 pm, at the United States Supreme Court 

SCOTUS RALLY: April 24, 10:00 am, at the United States Supreme Court 

Contact [email protected] for details and to set up interviews.  

WASHINGTON D.C. (04-22-2024) –Students for Life of America (SFLA) will participate in two events this week at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Idaho’s efforts to treat BOTH mother and preborn child in emergency rooms across the state. The case, State of Idaho v. United States,centers around a regulation called EMTALA — the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act – that was designed to require hospitals to stabilize all patients in the emergency room, regardless of their ability to payAccording to an NIH published report: “In July 2022, the (Department of Health and Human Services) HHS issued guidance to clarify that EMTALA requires abortion care despite contrary state laws” — also claiming that federal law trumped states laws on abortion. (emphasis added). Basically, Biden’s HHS tried to change a regulation to force states that respect preborn life to commit abortions in emergency rooms.  

“In the hands of radical abortion supporters in the Biden Administration, the EMTALA regulation designed to demand life-saving care for people without resources has been twisted into demands for death by intentional abortion,” said Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins. “Pregnancy is not a disease cured by abortion, and this offensive attack on state’s rights shows that Joe Biden’s team will abuse any program to ensure more preborn infants die by intentional abortion.” 

The case also provides the opportunity for the high court to acknowledge the humanity of human beings in the womb. An article at Bloomberg Law reports: “Idaho argues EMTALA’S text demands equal treatment for the life of the pregnant patient and ‘the unborn child,’ so there’s no conflict with state law. If the court agrees with that reading, it would be the first-time a (human) fetus has been given individual rights under a federal statute, said Elizabeth Sepper, a University of Texas at Austin School of Law professor who teaches religious liberty and health law.” 

ABORTION IS FEDERAL: Deretich observed: “The fact that abortion IS federal can be seen clearly in all the taxpayer resources wasted in support of it along with federal programs twisted to incorporate it, including HHS’ weaponization of EMTALA.  The next administration will have a lot of work to do to roll back all the abusive abortion policies integrated throughout programs and budgets.”  

The case also hangs in part on the question of whether a federal agency can override state laws. 

According to reporting by SCOTUS Blog: “The legislature contended that the use of EMTALA to compel emergency rooms in Idaho to perform abortions also violates the major questions doctrine, the idea that if Congress wants to give a federal agency the power to make decisions having a vast economic or political significance, it must say so directly. The law’s ‘spare directive’ to emergency rooms to provide ‘stabilizing treatment’ ‘does not convey clear authorization to regulate abortion in all 50 states,’ the legislature suggested.” 

SFLA is engaged in additional cases before the Supreme Court, including efforts to stop reckless distribution of dangerous Chemical Abortion pills, debated in U.S. Food & Drug Administration v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine.  

READ MORE: Keep An Eye on the Supreme Court: Three Cases SFLA Has Filed Briefs in & Pro-Lifers Need to Watch 

AND THIS: In Fox News Op-ed, SFLA’s Kristan Hawkins and Kristi Hamrick Slam Biden’s Environmental Gas Stove Initiative While Ignoring Chemical Abortion Pills 

FOR INTERVIEWS: email [email protected] 


The Pro-Life Generation (PLG) is an umbrella organization encompassing the most-cutting edge engagement opportunities for a Vote Pro-Life First Community. PLG includes Students for Life Action (SFLAction), a 501c4, along with its 501c3 sister organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA), that together make up the nation’s largest, pro-life youth organization, managing a grassroots political and policy operation engaging Americans of all ages but with a special emphasis on the largest segment of voters — the Youth Vote. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, PLG/SFLA/SFLAction serves more than 1,400 groups on middle, high school, college, medical, and law school campuses in all 50 states. Our team has more conversations with this generation targeted by the abortion lobby than any other pro-life operation in the world, each week reaching more than 4 million across social media platforms and averaging 1.3 million video views. In addition to SFLA/SFLAction, PLG leads multiple initiatives to lead and serve the future of the pro-life movement including the Campaign for Abortion Free Cities, Standing With You, and the Demetree Institute for Pro-Life Advancement. Over more than 17 years, PLG CEO Kristan Hawkins has grown the operation into a nearly $20M organization, now preparing for an abortion-free America.

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