Abortion ban law blocked by federal judge

05/17/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Arkansas – A federal judge has blocked a new law banning abortions after 12 weeks in Arkansas. As reported by Reuters, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted an injunction Friday in a motion filed by abortion rights groups who claim the restrictive statute is “more than likely” unconstitutional.

Nancy Northup, chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights, is quoted by Reuters as stating of the judge’s decision, “Today’s decision ensures that the women of Arkansas will remain protected from this blatant unconstitutional assault on their health and fundamental reproductive rights.

“Such an extreme ban on abortion would have immediate and devastating consequences for women in Arkansas, especially those who could not afford to travel out of state to access reproductive health care.”

The law was set to take effect in August.

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