Abortion, Big govt, Courts, Politics

Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas’ Abortion Restrictions

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a 159-page order blocking Arkansas from enforcing its new pro-life legislation, arguing that it would likely force the state’s only surgical abortion clinic to close. Among the provisions are measures prohibiting abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy, abortions due to a Down syndrome diagnosis, and also requiring that doctors performing abortions be board certified or board eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. The lawsuit was originally brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which commented that it is “determined to see them blocked for good.” Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

The laws are being challenged by Little Rock Family Planning Services, the state’s only surgical abortion clinic, and Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood only offers medication-induced abortions at its Arkansas facilities. Planned Parenthood earlier this month stopped providing medication-induced abortions at its Fayetteville facility while it looks for a new location, but is still providing the procedure at its Little Rock center.

The challenge was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by ACLU of Arkansas. Its spokeswoman, Holly Dickson, said ACLU attorneys were poring over the order and will have a statement later Wednesday. For now, “We are so relieved that these bans and restrictions have been temporarily blocked from taking effect. And we are determined to see them blocked for good,” she said.

A message left with a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office was not immediately returned early Wednesday.

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