Judge Blocks Arkansas Abortion Ban—for Now
12-week ban cannot be enforced while lawsuit is pending
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2013 3:53 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A federal judge granted a request today to temporarily block enforcement of a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted a motion for preliminary injunction in a lawsuit that the ACLU of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights brought on behalf of two Little Rock abortion providers. Today's decision means the ban, which was set to take effect in August, can't be enforced while the lawsuit is pending. A decision about the law's constitutionality is expected later.

Wright's decision comes days after she rejected Arkansas' attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed. The state has said the groups don't have standing to challenge the ban since it won't take effect until August. But Wright disagreed in an order earlier this week, saying the threat of enforcement was enough to challenge the law.

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cognitivefilter
May 18, 2013 8:36 PM CDT
threat of enforcement good enough for standing???? what happened to Lujan? that is just crazy to me. seems like a judge in support of reproductive rights would want to postpone legal action for as long as possible, at least until the point of the law's implementation. the state will appeal a decision against it, and that's the biggest threat to Roe. we cannot allow cases like this to get appealed all the way up to the high Court.
NYUFan
May 17, 2013 9:17 PM CDT
Those who are anti-choice are excellent reasons for retroactive abortion. A woman's body and whatever is in it - HER CHOICE, no one else's!
flin1
May 17, 2013 5:45 PM CDT
K let's see...now I can't vote for gops if I'm female in my child bearing years, Black, Latino, gay, or a college a student. Who does that leave? Old church ladies, and dumb white guys.