A federal judge issued a temporary block to a set of Arkansas laws that, if enacted, would likely lead to the closure of the state’s only surgical abortion clinic.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a two-week restraining order on the enforcement of laws, coming mere hours before they were scheduled to take effect.
The three laws being challenged include a ban on abortions after 18 weeks into a pregnancy, abortions performed because a baby was diagnosed with Down syndrome, and a requirement that abortion providers be board-certified.
Known as Little Rock Family Planning Services, the clinic will be able to remain open for the time being and perform abortions up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy, according to NPR.
The Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is challenging the law on behalf of Little Rock Family Planning Services, Planned Parenthood Great Plains, and two physician providers, celebrated the order.
Holly Dickson, interim executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas, said in a statement released Wednesday that she was “relieved” by the order.
“We’re relieved that these bans and restrictions have been blocked from taking effect and we’re determined to see them struck down for good,” stated Dickson.
“Personal medical decisions are just that — personal — and politicians have no business barging into people’s private decisions, shutting down clinics and blocking people from care that they need.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski