Arkansas Women's Rights

Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge Thursday for a temporary restraining order or injunction against the cancelation of its Medicaid contract in Arkansas.

U.S. Rep. French Hill after giving remarks at the Governor's Mansion to the Political Animals Club in 2014, prior to his election.
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Arkansas’s congressional delegation is returning to Washington D.C. this week after a late-summer recess and halting federal funds to Planned Parenthood is a priority. Central Arkansas’s U.S. Representative French Hill wants a moratorium on funding while an investigation is launched. But the freshman Republican isn’t yet drawing a hard line in the sand over the looming funding battle.

Arkansas lawmakers are reviewing the rules for enforcing a law approved last year banning most abortions at 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

Members of the House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Friday are scheduled to discuss changes in the rules for abortion facilities that will incorporate language from the 20-week ban. The Republican-led Legislature enacted the restriction last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

Kristy Carter
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All this week, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, a statewide philanthropic organization, is hosting a series of activities to mark its major annual fundraising event.

The Power of the Purse luncheons in Central and Northwest Arkansas honor women’s accomplishments and raise money for programs that are improving the lives of women and girls in the state. The final event is Friday in Little Rock. 

The Washington Post reports that Arkansas is one of 10 states where important legal fights are being waged over abortion rights. 

Last week, Attorneys for two Little Rock abortion providers asked a federal judge to strike down a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

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Last week, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Christopher Thyer, announced that a Little Rock man, alleged to have been a pimp and trafficker, was convicted in federal court on one count of sex trafficking. 

It was a first for his district, saying "It had been there for quite some time, and the biggest reason some of these cases are coming forward is awareness." 

Thyer says awareness is on the rise, but many people don’t know that sex trafficking could be occurring in their area.

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