According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office recently asked the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to let the state enforce some pro-life laws the legislature passed earlier this year.
In June abortionists sued the state over three new pro-life laws:
- Act 493 of 2019, prohibiting abortion after the eighteenth week of pregnancy, except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
- Act 619 of 2019, prohibiting abortion of an unborn baby solely because the child has Down Syndrome.
- Act 700 of 2019, requiring abortion doctors to be board certified or board eligible OB/GYNs.
These laws are designed to do things like ensure abortion doctors are properly certified in obstetrics and gynecology and protect babies from being aborted simply because they have Down Syndrome.
Arkansas abortionists are challenging laws that hold abortion doctors to reasonable standards and prohibit abortion after the eighteenth week of pregnancy.
Over the summer U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker blocked the laws, preventing the state from enforcing them. Now the A.G. is appealing to a higher court.
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker has consistently ruled in favor of abortionists like Planned Parenthood, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has a history of overturning her bad rulings.
With that in mind, there’s a good possibility the Eighth Circuit could unblock all or most of the provisions in these pro-life laws.
There’s also the possibility that these laws could be appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which would offer us an opportunity for a good, pro-life ruling that would help undermine Roe v. Wade and shape pro-life laws nationwide.
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 has won some major pro-life victories in the past, and I believe we will see others in the future.