Today, Idaho Democratic Party Chair Lauren Necochea released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to temporarily protect medically necessary reproductive care in Idaho emergency rooms:

“This ruling provides a temporary sliver of relief to patients facing dire medical emergencies and the doctors and nurses who desperately want to treat them without risking a prison sentence. It does not change that the Idaho Republican supermajority has completely yielded to the anti-abortion hardliners. Patients with a non-emergency health threat, patients with a nonviable pregnancy, rape victims who will almost always be unable to meet the paperwork requirements, and any woman who simply does not want to carry a pregnancy will have no options unless they have the means and time to travel out of state.

“Since emergency care protections were lifted in January and the full GOP abortion ban took effect, Idaho’s largest health system has been airlifting patients with pregnancy complications out of state every other week. The Republican leaders who went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to maintain this horrific reality have no plans to stop. Now, the anti-choice extremists want to criminalize the practice of in vitro fertilization, a position endorsed by the Idaho Republican Party platform. The only way to win back our reproductive freedoms is to elect Idaho Democrats up and down the ballot.”