Last week 16 state attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals opposing pro-life laws the Arkansas Legislature passed in 2017.
The coalition is led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The group consists of A.G.’s from New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
According to the amicus brief, the group opposes Arkansas’ new pro-life laws that prohibit dismemberment abortion; require aborted babies to be respectfully buried or cremated; expand reporting requirements for abortions performed on underage girls; and require abortion clinics to request part of a woman’s medical history before performing some abortions.
As we have written repeatedly, these laws are more than reasonable, but abortion proponents have tried to characterize them as extreme.
It’s worth noting that of the state attorneys general who filed the brief last week, only one — Iowa’s — is from the Eighth Circuit. The rest primarily are from the northeast and the west coast.
As I have said before, I don’t know of any attorney general in America who is doing more to fight for the right to life than Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Her team won some major victories in the Eighth Circuit last year, and I believe we will see others in 2018.
Perhaps that’s why we’re seeing such a desperate effort on the part of abortion advocates to squelch pro-life laws in the heartland of America.
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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.