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Sat Apr 13, 2024, 08:48 PM Apr 13

Yelp, Levi's, Lyft and Tinder tell SCOTUS: Idaho abortion laws are bad for business [View all]


Some surprising voices have joined the chorus of legal experts, physicians and activists weighing in on Idaho’s abortion ban: Tinder, Hinge, Bumble and Match.

The dating apps and several other high-profile businesses and national chamber of commerce organizations in a joint amicus brief urged the U.S. Supreme Court to interpret federal law to provide an emergency exception to Idaho’s abortion ban, and argued that the state’s strict abortion laws are bad for businesses and have already cost Idaho millions in economic losses.

The businesses join dozens of advocacy groups and medical and legal experts who have submitted amicus briefs to the court, which will hear arguments later this month to determine whether the federal Emergency Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) supercedes Idaho’s abortion ban. While most briefs argue on moral, religious, legal or medical grounds, the 10 business entities — which include the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Lyft ridesharing, Levi Strauss, Yelp and various dating apps — focused instead on economics.

The brief cited a January study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research that, prior to the overturn of Roe v. Wade in 2022, estimated the economic impact of abortion restrictions in Idaho at about $1.2 billion per year on average. Idaho was among the top 10 states with the highest economic losses, the study found. It analyzed state abortion laws like mandatory pre-abortion counseling and waiting periods, both of which Idaho had.

Idaho passed its most stringent abortion law, called the Defense of Life Act, in 2020 with a “trigger” that would allow it to go into effect as soon as states regained authority over abortion laws, as they did in 2022. The amicus brief said the state can expect even more economic losses now that more stringent abortion laws are in place.
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