The American Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and Planned Parenthood, which filed the lawsuit in opposition to the Arkansas ban together with different abortion rights teams, cheered the order.
“Arkansas pursued a clearly unconstitutional law that would disproportionately harm people of color, people who live in rural areas, and people with low incomes — all of whom already face significant barriers to accessing health care and higher risks of pregnancy-related death,” stated Meagan Burrows, employees legal professional on the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “The court’s ruling today should serve as a stark reminder to anti-abortion politicians in Arkansas and other states that they cannot strip people of their right to make the deeply personal decision about whether to have an abortion or continue a pregnancy. We’ll continue to fight to make sure abortion stays legal in Arkansas and that the state’s unconstitutional ban is struck down for good.”
The workplace of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge expressed her disappointment.
“The Attorney General is disappointed in today’s decision by Judge Baker,” spokeswoman Stephanie Sharp stated. “She will be reviewing it to consider the appropriate next step to protect the life of the unborn.”
The regulation “is just as unconstitutional as all of the other pre-viability abortion bans struck down before it,” the ACLU wrote, pointing to Hutchinson’s feedback on NCS.
“This will inflict immediate and irreparable harm upon Plaintiffs’ patients by blatantly violating their constitutional rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, threatening their health and well-being, and forcing them to continue their pregnancies against their will,” they added.
Burrows acknowledged throughout an interview with NCS earlier than the measure was blocked that the judge would possibly maintain off on deciding on whether or not to completely block the Arkansas regulation till the Supreme Court points a ruling on the Mississippi ban, probably subsequent 12 months.
“This is kind of the moment that states like Arkansas, and anti-abortion politicians in those states, have been waiting for,” she stated. “But as it stands right now, Roe v. Wade and its bright line rule that states cannot outright prohibit abortion prior to viability is still the law of the land. And all lower courts — both district courts and courts of appeals — are bound by that unless and until the Supreme Court changes course.”
NCS’s Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.