According to news sources, a federal appeals court will hear Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s appeal in a lower court decision against a pro-life law the Arkansas Legislature passed last year.
In 2015 the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 577, the Abortion-Inducing Drugs Safety Act.
The law requires doctors performing drug-induced abortions to follow FDA protocols when administer abortion drugs like RU-486. It also requires abortion clinics to have an agreement with a physician who has admitting privileges at a local hospital in case complications arise from the abortion.
In response, Planned Parenthood sued the State of Arkansas. Last spring U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction preventing the state from enforcing this pro-life law.
Attorney General Rutledge’s office appealed the injunction, asking a higher court to reverse it and let the state enforce Act 577. A three-judge panel will hear that appeal this Wednesday.
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.