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Wasden issues statement on ‘misconceptions’ about his handling of telemed abortion case

After this morning's House tussle over his office's budget, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden issued this statement about his handling of the telemedicine abortion case:

“I am aware that some legislators have a misconception about my office’s legal work in the telemedicine medication abortion case.  While the litigation was pending, Whole Woman’s Health was decided by the United States Supreme Court, which was a significant abortion decision that directly impacted the Idaho case.  My office aggressively defended the state to find a medical justification for the statute, contacted numerous experts, and turned over every possible alternative to identify a plausible constitutional defense.  Based upon the legal reality of these efforts, my office negotiated a resolution that provided the Legislature the ability to resolve this case and avoid a court decision. I invite any willing legislator to discuss this case with me directly to clarify the ongoing misconceptions of my office’s work.”



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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