Arkansas Abortion Law
6:33 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Arkansas Asks Court To Uphold 'Heartbeat' Test In Law

Arkansas is defending its 12 week abortion ban in federal court in Little Rock.
Credit www.are.uscourts.gov

Arkansas is asking a federal judge to uphold the part of a state law banning abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy that requires doctors to test for a fetal heartbeat before performing the procedure at that point.

The attorney general's office on Friday asked a federal judge to uphold that portion of the law as constitutional while the challenge to the 12-week ban is being considered. A trial has been set for next year on a lawsuit filed by two Little Rock doctors who perform abortions.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on May 17 blocked the enforcement of the 12-week ban.

The state asked Wright to uphold a part of the law requiring abdominal ultrasounds before abortions are performed 12 weeks into a pregnancy.