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US Supreme Court sealWashington, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday refused to hear the case challenging the lower court ban on Arkansas’ abortion law which restricts abortion after 12 weeks and was challenged by the Arkansas ACLU.
The Supreme Court refusal to hear the case was the last in a series of appeals launched by the State of Arkansas once the law was banned prior to taking effect in 2014.
Despite the 8th District Court-St. Louis, Mo., federal Court ban, Democratic Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel agreed to file an appeal of the lower federal court decision, and Republican Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court which was rejected Tuesday.
The law prohibited abortions after viability or after a heartbeat was detected or 12 weeks unless rape or incest was a factor. The law also yanked the license of any physician who performed an abortion after their deadline and mandated that the physicians inform the mother of the restrictions.
The Arkansas abortion law was passed in 2013 after Democrat Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto was overridden. The law was sponsored by State Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway).
Before it could take effect, it was challenged by the ACLU, the Arkansas ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
At the time, Arkansas ACLU Executive Director Rita Sklar said “this law is one more example of extremist politicians willing to go to any length to insert themselves into a woman’s personal private decision making by ending access to abortion” “It’s clear the district court made the right decision in striking down this law.”
To read the ACLU’s full comments on Tuesday’s developments, click HERE.
To view Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s comments, click HERE.
Sen. Rapert was quoted as saying “While I am of course disappointed in this decision to refuse a review of the court’s concept of ‘viability’ and the obvious need to do so with advances in medical technology, I am at least comforted that all of the informed consent provisions we included in the Arkansas Heartbeat Protection Act have been left intact.”
To listen to Rapert’s comments made later in the day Tuesday, click HERE.

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