The following blog post is by Family Council staff member Ken Yang.
A little over a week ago, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright denied a motion by Concepts of Truth, a Wynne-based pro-life organization, to intervene in the lawsuit over the “Arkansas Heartbeat Law.” Judge Wright ruled that the group could not prove it had a standing in the case. Yet, on behalf of two abortion doctors in Little Rock, Dr. Louis Jerry Edwards and Dr. Tom Tvedten, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center of Reproductive Rights can proceed their march against saving lives of innocent children.
Our judicial branch has once again already begun legislating from the bench. Already, Judge Wright has temporarily blocked the law that would not go into effect until August 16, 2013. Judges can now stop potential laws they do not like even though they are not laws yet and even though much of this law’s interpretation and effect are contingent on rules and regs not yet promulgated by the Arkansas State Medical Board.
Even more, they are silencing the voice of organizations that defend the life of the unborn and those that represent the views of the majority of the people of Arkansas. I am in awe that anyone could say that Concepts of Truth or any organization does not have a standing when it comes to saving the lives of the unborn.
Everyone has standing when saving lives. The people of Arkansas are pro-life, and when our judicial system attempts to silence those with a voice defending those without one, it is just wrong. One of the greatest beliefs of Americans that separates us from the rest of the world is our belief in the value of the sanctity of human life. Judge Susan Webber Wright would be wise to remember this; stop playing the part of legislator silencing those she does not believe in; and start being more of a judge—which is what she was originally appointed to do.