A.G.’s From Out of State Ask Court to Block Arkansas’ Pro-Life Laws

Last week a group of 20 attorneys general filed an amicus brief with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of an effort to block three pro-life laws in Arkansas.

Last June abortionists sued the State of Arkansas over three new pro-life laws passed in 2019:

  • 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.

A lower court in Little Rock initially blocked the laws.

However, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has asked the federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to let Arkansas enforce these good laws.

On January 7 a coalition of state attorneys general filed an amicus brief with the Eighth Circuit arguing that Act 493 and Act 619 are unconstitutional and should be struck down.

The amicus brief includes the Attorneys General of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

It’s worth noting that with the exception of Minnesota, none of these states are actually from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 2018 many of these same states tried to convince the federal courts to block other pro-life laws in Arkansas.

The amicus brief filed last week claims the State of Arkansas does not have the authority to prohibit abortion after the eighteenth week of pregnancy and that lawmakers cannot protect an unborn child from being aborted simply because he or she might have Down Syndrome.

Interestingly, the amicus brief does not say a word about Act 700 requiring abortionists to be board certified or board eligible OB/GYNs.

Apparently even these attorneys couldn’t come up with a reason why anyone besides an OB/GYN should be able to perform abortions.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: 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 victories in the Eighth Circuit in past years, and I believe there will be other pro-life victories in 2020

Perhaps that’s why abortion advocates are so desperate to block pro-life laws here in Arkansas.

Photo Credit: By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

Come to the 42nd Annual Arkansas March for Life

This Sunday, January 19, the 42nd annual Arkansas March for Life will take place in downtown Little Rock.

The march will begin at 1:30 p.m., between Battery and Wolfe streets on West Capitol Ave., on the west side of the State Capitol Building, and it will lead to the front steps of the Capitol.

The Arkansas March for Life is an excellent opportunity for pro-life Arkansans to demonstrate their opposition to abortion.

For more information on the Arkansas March for Life, go to https://www.artl.org.

If you would like to see a photo of pro-lifers trudging uphill through the snow in the 1995 Arkansas March for Life, be sure to check out our January update letter here.

Planned Parenthood’s Arkansas PAC Raises Nearly $2,500

On Tuesday Planned Parenthood’s Political Action Committee in Arkansas filed its quarterly report with the state.

The report shows the PAC received $2,490 in donations during the last quarter of 2019.

Among the donors to the PAC are state Rep. Denise Garner (D — Fayetteville) who gave the group $200 last October as well as a number of individuals primarily from Northwest Arkansas.

Planned Parenthood has pledged to spend at least $45 million on elections in 2020.

The group’s goal is to defeat President Trump, flip the U.S. Senate, maintain Democratic control of the House of Representatives, and support liberal candidates in state races.

Planned Parenthood’s Arkansas PAC raised $1,270 in September and $2,490 in October.

All told, the PAC has a war chest of about $13,573 that it could spend on political donations in Arkansas.

The fact that Planned Parenthood’s Arkansas PAC is raising money could signal that the group intends to support pro-abortion candidates in Arkansas between now and November.

You can read Planned Parenthood’s Fourth Quarter 2019 report here.