Attorneys Continue to Spar Over Arkansas Law Prohibiting Abortion

On Monday Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office filed a brief in federal court arguing that U.S. District judge Kristine Baker should not block a new state law prohibiting abortion.

Act 309 of 2021 generally prohibits abortion in Arkansas except in cases when the mother’s life is in jeopardy. The law passed with overwhelming support from the state legislature earlier this year, and it is slated to take effect July 28.

Last month the ACLU and abortionists filed a lawsuit against the state over Act 309.

On June 14 the ACLU asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that would block the state from enforcing Act 309.

On Monday the Arkansas Attorney General’s office responded to the ACLU’s request.

The A.G.’s team argues that pro-abortion rulings like Planned Parenthood v. Casey need to be reevaluated and overturned — and that the U.S. Supreme Court is liable to do that in its upcoming Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case out of Mississippi.

The A.G.’s brief also argues that past court decisions like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey “were wrongly decided” and that “there is no doubt that the fetus is a human life — not mere tissue, not ‘potential life,’ and not ‘the product of conception.'”

As we have written before, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker has consistently ruled in favor of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. In light of that fact, many expect Attorney General Rutledge’s arguments to fall on deaf ears in Judge Baker’s court.

However, the judges above her at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals have overturned some of her bad rulings in the past.

While it seems likely that Judge Baker will block Arkansas’ pro-life law in the short run, the Eighth Circuit may not agree with her decision on appeal.

In the long run, this lawsuit will give federal courts an opportunity to reverse decades of bad case law on abortion.

That means there is potential for significant, pro-life victories down the road.

Northwest Arkansas County Advances Pro-Life Resolution

On Monday the Washington County Quorum Court’s County Services Committee advanced a good resolution affirming that Washington County is a Pro-Life County.

The resolution is expected to go before the full Quorum Court at its next meeting in July.

The resolution affirms that Washington County is pro-life. It doesn’t carry the force of law, but it states the county’s commitment to protecting the lives of unborn children.

The resolution recognizes “that all men are created equal” and that “Amendment 68 to the Constitution of the State of Arkansas makes clear that we are to protect the life of every unborn child.”

The resolution comes as Planned Parenthood looks to hire new staff in the Northwest Arkansas area.

Earlier this year the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 392 of 2021 affirming that municipalities in Arkansas can declare themselves Pro-Life.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that municipalities can adopt pro-life policy positions like this resolution, and the City of Springdale adopted a pro-life resolution in 2019.

Affirming that cities and counties in Arkansas are Pro-Life is just one more way we can continue to oppose abortion and foster a culture that values the sanctity of human life.

Washington County Quorum Court Committee to Take Up Pro-Life Resolution

The Washington County Quorum Court County Services Committee is slated to consider a pro-life resolution on Monday evening at 6:00 PM.

The resolution recognizes “that all men are created equal” and that “Amendment 68 to the Constitution of the State of Arkansas makes clear that we are to protect the life of every unborn child.”

The resolution also affirms that Washington County is a Pro-Life County committed to protecting all lives — including the lives of unborn children.

The resolution comes as Planned Parenthood looks to hire new staff in the Northwest Arkansas area.

You can read a copy of the proposed resolution here.

Earlier this year the state legislature passed a law affirming that municipalities in Arkansas can declare themselves Pro-Life.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that municipalities can adopt pro-life policy positions like this resolution.

The City of Springdale adopted a similar pro-life resolution a couple of years ago.

In light of all of this, Washington County is well within its rights to consider this pro-life resolution.

Affirming that cities and counties in Arkansas are Pro-Life is one more way we can continue to foster a culture that values the sanctity of human life.