Abortion

A federal judge is considering whether to temporarily block Arkansas' new limits on how the abortion pill is administered, a new law that Planned Parenthood says would dramatically restrict the procedure in the state.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker didn't issue a ruling from the bench Wednesday after hearing from attorneys for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the state over the law requiring abortion pill providers to follow guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The nation's highest court has asked opponents of Arkansas' voided 12-week abortion ban to respond by next month to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's request to have the law upheld as constitutional.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday requested a response by Dec. 10 to Rutledge's petition. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in May upheld a federal judge's ruling striking down the ban.

Planned Parenthood
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Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge to reject an effort to expand the lawsuit over the state terminating its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office on Thursday asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to deny Planned Parenthood's request seeking class-action status for its lawsuit challenging the termination.

A federal judge is giving Arkansas two weeks to respond to an effort to expand the lawsuit challenging the state's decision to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Wednesday ordered the state to respond by Oct. 28 to Planned Parenthood's motion seeking class-action status for its suit challenging the cancellation of its Medicaid contract. Baker denied a motion by the state to extend its time to respond, as well as a motion by Planned Parenthood to expedite the response.

File photo. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R).
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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the 12 week abortion ban passed by the state legislature in 2013.

Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright found Act 301 unconstitutional in March 2014, with a three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals later agreeing. The full 8th Circuit refused to consider the case.

On Tuesday, Rutledge formally filed the paperwork for the nation’s high court to consider the case, though she acknowledged to KUAR News that it is a long shot.

Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to expand a ruling that temporarily blocked Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid payments for three patients.

The organization filed a request late Monday seeking class-action status for its lawsuit challenging Gov. Asa Hutchinson's termination of Planned Parenthood's contract with the state.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction requiring the state to pay for the services for the three patients, but her decision allows the state to ban the funding in other circumstances.

Arkansas has filed its notice to appeal a decision from a federal judge that blocked the state from suspending Medicaid funding for three women who sued over the state's cancellation of its contract with Planned Parenthood.

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A federal judge says Arkansas must continue paying for a portion of its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood while she weighs a lawsuit challenging a decision to cut off money because of secretly recorded videos made by an anti-abortion group.

Arkansas is asking a judge to deny a bid to continue blocking the state's efforts to terminate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

File photo. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R).
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says she'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the constitutionality of an Arkansas law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

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