Abortion

A federal judge is continuing to block Arkansas from enforcing its limits on how the abortion pill is administered.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's request for a preliminary injunction against the restrictions, which were supposed to take effect Jan. 1. Baker had previously issued a temporary restraining order that was set to expire Monday.

A federal judge has ordered Arkansas to pay more than $25,000 in attorney's fees and costs for its unsuccessful bid to have the U.S. Supreme Court revive a 12-week abortion ban.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on Friday ordered the state to pay $24,780 in attorney's fees and $748 in costs for its unsuccessful petition before the nation's highest court on the law. Wright struck down the law as unconstitutional in 2014 and a federal appeals court panel upheld Wright's decision last year.

  The Arkansas attorney general's office wants to appeal a federal judge's decision to expand a lawsuit challenging the state's decision to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.

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A federal judge has approved Planned Parenthood's request to expand its lawsuit challenging Arkansas' decision to cut off Medicaid funding to the group over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday granted Planned Parenthood's motion seeking class-action status for its lawsuit challenging the termination. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson in August announced he was terminating the contract over the videos.

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Hundreds of pro-choice supporters participated in a Rally for Reproductive Justice Saturday, 43 years and one day after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide.

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The Supreme Court is refusing to revive an Arkansas law that would have banned abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat.

The justices did not comment Tuesday in rejecting the state's appeal of lower court rulings that struck down the law. Federal judges called the law inconsistent with Supreme Court rulings that generally tie restrictions to the fetus' viability, not the presence of a heartbeat.

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Several thousand people, along with most of the state’s leading elected officials, marched in opposition to abortion Sunday at the 38th Annual March for Life at the state Capitol.

The marchers wound behind the Capitol and then gathered at the steps, where they heard short speeches by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and U.S. Reps. French Hill, R-Little Rock, and Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs.

Arkansas and Planned Parenthood have asked a federal judge to extend her order blocking the state from enforcing new limits on how the abortion pill is administered.

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing to consider Planned Parenthood's effort to expand a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' decision to block Medicaid funds to the organization over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. 

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday scheduled a hearing for Jan. 14 on Planned Parenthood's motion seeking class-action status for its lawsuit challenging the termination. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson in August announced he was terminating the contract over the videos.

A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing Arkansas from enforcing new limits on how the abortion pill is administered.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker late Thursday issued a 14-day delay in two sections of the law, which was scheduled to go into effect Friday. Baker said that "for now" she found enforcing those sections would cause a threat of irreparable harm to Planned Parenthood's two Arkansas clinics and their patients.

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