September 24, 2015 | Posted in Abortion | By

AG_LR_croppedArkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced yesterday that her office will ask the U.S. Cupreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling against the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act, a pro-life law the Arkansas Legislature passed in 2013.

You may recall the Human Heartbeat Protection Act by Sen. Jason Rapert prohibits most abortions after the twelfth week of pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat is detected. The law also contains provisions for informed-consent prior to an abortion.

Attorney General Rutledge released a statement, saying,

“As Attorney General, I have a duty to fully defend the State’s law, which prohibits abortions after 12 weeks of gestation when a heartbeat is detected. But beyond my duty, I firmly believe that the State has a profound interest in protecting the lives of the unborn, which is exactly what this law does.”

Earlier this year a three-judge panel from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that struck part of the Heartbeat Protection Act as unconstitutional. The court left portions of the law dealing with informed-consent for abortion in place.

Attorney General Rutledge’s office is expected to file their petition with the U.S. Supreme Court sometime in the coming weeks.

Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.

2 Comments

  1. Jerry Donaldson
    September 29, 2015

    I pray for you, for Family Council, for our AG and Governor and thank God the creator of heaven and earth for your hearts turned toward faithfulness and a willingness to stand in the face of ignore-ance, terror, pain and suffering and the defenseless. See Joshua 1:9 for light. Praise the one and only holy one and him alone.

  2. Jerry Donaldson
    September 29, 2015

    Oh I forgot to add we (I included) need to pray for the Mom’s and Dad’s who have lost a child to abortion and have a never ending sorrow for the loss. We have lost a “preborn” child we named Peter and we held him for 18 days till he passed. We know the pain. These Mom’s and Dad’s need to know the forgiveness of God through repentance in Christ…the Messiah.