WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, prominent businesses and national organizations voiced their support for the United States’ challenge to Idaho’s restrictive reproductive health care law. The Idaho law conflicts with the right to access emergency care under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).

Those speaking out today were signatories to an amicus brief that Reed Smith filed in the U.S. Supreme Court on March 28 in the consolidated cases of Idaho v. United States and Moyle v. United States, which will hear oral argument tomorrow. Reed Smith’s brief details how state restrictions on reproductive rights are leading to maternity care deserts and negatively impacting businesses and the economy.

Among those speaking out today were the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC) and the Small Business Majority, two of the largest business orgs in the nation.

U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce

"This case demonstrates the potentially detrimental effect on the ability of physicians to use their medical judgment in providing emergency care. No state, including the State of Idaho, should be able to usurp that judgment and insert itself within the patient-doctor relationship. As our brief details, restrictions on maternal health services are threatening lives and livelihoods, while costing billions in lost opportunities for women in business."

– Charmagne Manning, USWCC President

Small Business Majority

"Women-owned small businesses, especially those owned by women of color, have emerged as the fastest growing sector of our economy. But restrictions on access to abortion and reproductive healthcare are holding them back and creating barriers for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Our research has found that there is a clear connection between access to reproductive health and women's ability to advance in their careers and start their own businesses," Shanklin said. "It is critical that the Supreme Court recognizes that restrictive and repressive abortion bans are hurting small businesses and our economy."

– Rachel Shanklin, National Women's Entrepreneurship Director for Small Business Majority