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Federal Judge in Arkansas Delays Enforcement of Three Anti-Abortion Laws

Last week, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a two-week restraining order, effectively delaying the enforcement of three laws restricting abortion access in Arkansas. In the opinion, the Court found that “the threat of irreparable harm to plaintiffs and the public interest, outweighs the immediate interests and potential injuries to the defendant.” The lawsuit was filed by Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the firm of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, who represented two independent physicians, as well as Little Rock Family Planning Services, and Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP). Today, Little Rock Family Planning Services and Planned Parenthood’s Little Rock Health Center are the only clinics in the entire state of Arkansas that provide medical abortions. Only Little Rock Family Planning Services performs abortions after 10 weeks. The first of the three challenged laws was set to ban abortion at 18 weeks, and the second law would have prohibited providers from performing abortions if an individual is seeking an abortion solely because the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. The third law blocked by Judge Baker mandated that “a person shall not perform or induce an abortion unless that person is a physician licensed to practice […]

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