The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Little Rock, Arkansas, decided on Tuesday that it will not reconsider its earlier decision from this summer to lift a judge’s injunction against four Arkansas abortion restrictions. The court was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Little Rock abortionist, Frederick Hopkins, after its August decision to allow four Arkansas abortion restriction laws to take effect.
Among the four restrictions previously blocked by a judge is a ban on second trimester dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion procedures (learn more information about this brutal procedure in the video below). Additionally, the court lifted the judge’s injunction against a sex-selective abortion ban, a measure specifying how aborted babies’ remains are to be disposed of, and a requirement that police must be notified and fetal remains must be preserved from abortions committed on girls younger than age 14.
The abortion restrictions, meant to protect both born and preborn children, could go into effect by December 22, 2020.
The ACLU, which opposition to these common sense protections, claimed the abortion restrictions would “decimate access to abortion in Arkansas,” and promised to take further court action despite two defeats so far. According to the Associated Press, ACLU senior staff attorney Ruth Harlow said, “To the state of Arkansas: We’ll see you back in court.”
BREAKING: A court just denied our request to rehear our case challenging multiple abortion restrictions in Arkansas. Without further intervention, these laws could take effect in a matter of days.
While we're disappointed, we won't back down. This fight is nowhere near over.
— ACLU (@ACLU) December 15, 2020
Arkansas General Attorney called Tuesday’s decision to remain firm on its August ruling “another win validating the pro-life laws in Arkansas.” After the August decision, she remarked, “Arkansas has taken a strong stance to protect the unborn from inhumane treatment. As Arkansas’s chief legal officer, I have always advocated for the lives of unborn children and will continue to defend our state’s legal right to protect the unborn.”
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