June 17, 2021

Groups ask Judge to block near-total abortion ban

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The groups filed a lawsuit last month challenging the ban.

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Abortion rights supporters in Little Rock have asked a Federal Judge on Monday to prevent Arkansas' near-total ban on abortion from taking effect while the groups challenge its constitutionality.

The groups filed a lawsuit last month challenging the ban, which prohibits abortions except those to save the life of the mother. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood asked the judge to issue a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction against the ban, which is set to take effect July 28.

The groups filed the lawsuit on behalf of Little Rock Family Planning Services, a Little Rock abortion clinic, and Planned Parenthood's Little Rock health center. The groups are also representing a doctor who works at the Planned Parenthood clinic.

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up a case on whether states can ban abortions before a fetus can survive outside the womb.

The outcome could dramatically change almost 50 years of rulings on the procedure.

One such case involves a Mississippi law banning abortion 15 weeks into a woman's pregnancy. It will likely be argued in the Fall, with a decision likely in the Spring of 2022.

Republican lawmakers in Arkansas and several other states enacted new abortion bans even before that case was announced, encouraged by former President Donald Trump's appointments to the high court.

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