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The court heard a major abortion case Wednesday about an Idaho law that bans virtually all abortions except to save the life of the mother. The case asks whether the Biden administration is right that Idaho’s Defense of Life Act, one of the strictest abortion bans in the country, runs afoul of a federal law requiring stabilizing care for individuals facing medical emergencies.