Federal Judge Blocks Three Arkansas Pro-Life Laws From Going Into Effect

A federal judge this week blocked three Arkansas pro-life laws from going into effect, including one that would ban abortions targeting unborn babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday blocking three laws: Act 493, which bans abortion after 18 weeks; Act 619, which bans abortion if the purpose is to end the life of an unborn baby with Down syndrome; and Act 700, which requires that abortion doctors be board-certified or board-eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. All were signed into law this year.

Pro-choice groups applauded the injunction. Baker, who was nominated by President Obama, previously had temporarily blocked the laws.

“These extreme bans and restrictions would have decimated abortion access in Arkansas, so we’re relieved the court has again blocked them from taking effect,” said Holly Dickson, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

“This ruling ensures our clients can continue to provide quality, compassionate medical care to Arkansans while we work to strike down these laws for good,” Dickson added.

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Source: Christian Headlines