Judge temporarily blocks Arkansas ban on most abortions – Catholic World Report

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Arkansas law banning almost all abortions, while the court considers whether it is constitutional. US District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction against the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act July 20. The law, adopted March 9, was to have taken effect July 28. The law bans abortions except when medically necessary to save the life of the mother. It provides for an “unclassified felony” for anyone who performs an abortion in the state except in a medical emergency, with a fine of up to $100,000, ten years in prison, or both. The law does not carry charges or convictions for mothers of unlawfully aborted children. Baker said the law is “categorically unconstitutional” and that “since the record at this stage of the proceedings indicates that women seeking abortions in Arkansas face an imminent threat to their constitutional rights, the court concludes that they will suffer irreparable harm without injunctive relief.” Catherine Phillips, Respect Life Director for the Diocese of Little Rock, noted that the diocese has supported the legislation, and Bishop Anthony Taylor released a statement supporting it earlier this year.

Judge temporarily blocks Arkansas ban on most abortions – Catholic World Report

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