Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Little Rock, Ark. — On Tuesday U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker in Little Rock blocked Act 309 of 2021. Act 309 generally prohibits abortion in Arkansas except when the mother’s life is at stake. The law is slated to take effect July 28.

Family Council President Jerry Cox issued a statement saying, “This bad ruling is unfortunate, but it isn’t surprising. Judge Baker has a consistent track record of ruling in favor of abortionists. In the past the Eighth Circuit has overturned some of her bad rulings, and we believe that Arkansas will get a better decision as this case is appealed.”

Cox said the lawsuit over Act 309 will provide federal courts with an opportunity to overturn past decisions on abortion. “This is an opportunity for federal courts to fix bad decisions like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. These pro-abortion rulings were wrongly decided. They have cost the lives of millions of unborn children. As this case is appealed, we hope courts will rethink and overturn these past rulings.”

Cox praised Arkansas’ elected officials for standing by Act 309. “Act 309 passed with strong support from the General Assembly earlier this year. Governor Hutchinson signed it into law, and Attorney General Rutledge is defending it in court. This is a good law that is challenging the status quo on abortion and will save countless lives if enforced. Arkansans should be proud of their elected officials for standing up for the unborn.”