Most Active Stories
- Arkansas Weather-Related Closings And Delays For Wednesday
- Allegations Surface That Arkansas Judge Made Objectionable Posts on Message Board
- Latest Information On Arkansas Road Conditions
- Is Open Carry Legal in Arkansas? Depends On Who You Ask.
- Broker Details $2 Million In Commissions In Martha Shoffner Trial
Local & Regional News
Fri May 17, 2013
Judge Grants Injunction In Arkansas Abortion Ban Case
A federal judge has granted a request to temporarily block enforcement of a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted a motion Friday for a preliminary injunction against the ban, set to take effect in August.
The state's Republican-led Legislature enacted the ban in March by overriding a veto from Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.
Wright's decision is part of a lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights brought on behalf of two Little Rock abortion providers.
Those groups and other opponents of the 12-week ban say it violates the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion until a fetus could viably survive outside the womb.