A federal judge on Monday appeared ready to grant the U.S. Justice Department’s request to halt a restrictive Idaho abortion law where it conflicts with federal law requiring hospitals to provide emergency medical treatment.

At an oral argument Monday, senior U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill asked skeptical questions of lawyers representing the Idaho state attorney’s office and the state legislature. He seemed to agree with DOJ’s argument that there is a clear conflict between the state law, which bans abortions in nearly all circumstances except to save the life of a pregnant patient, and the federal law known as the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act or EMTALA, which requires all hospitals accepting Medicare funding to offer stabilizing treatment in emergency situations.

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