U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright issued an injunction against Arkansas’ recently-passed ban on abortions after 12 weeks, pending the results of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
The ACLU of Arkansas’s legal director Holly Dickson said in a statement, “This law is aimed at allowing politicians to insert themselves into deeply personal and private medical care and decisions for which they should have no say.” Nancy Northup, the presdient and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in another statement, “Today’s decision ensures that the women of Arkansas will remain protected from this blatant unconstitutional assault on their health and fundamental reproductive rights.”
The law bans all abortions from the time that a fetal heartbeat can be detected on an ultrasound, which is at about 12 weeks of pregnancy, but contains exemptions for the life and health of the woman and the fetus, as well as for rape and incest, in an effort to comport with the general guidance of the Supreme Court.
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