Federal judge grants injunction to block 12 week abortion ban

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A federal judge granted a request to temporarily block enforcement of the Arkansas law that bans most abortion as 12 weeks into a pregnancy. Those civil rights groups and other opponents of the ban say it violates constitutional rights.

    "It is time that our nation and our state, when you have 55 million human beings that have been taken, we must have a more rational and a more humane policy on abortion in our nation," Sen. Jason Rapert, R - Conway.

    On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights asked a federal judge to prevent the Arkansas law banning abortions at 12-weeks from taking effect. After two hours of arguments from both sides, Judge Susan Webber Wright granted a motion for preliminary injunction.

    Bettina Brownstein was the attorney who presented arguments on behalf of the ACLU. During the hearing, she presented evidence from Arkansas doctors. One of the affidavits from a doctor stated, "If Act 301 takes effect, I will have to stop providing abortion care to my patients at or after 12 weeks."

    "This law is an extreme and dangerous intrusion of politicians into what is the most intimate decision a woman and her family and her doctor can make," explained Talcott Camp, representing ACLU.

    In Judge Wright's ruling, she did mention exceptions of the law that she would sever if it were up to her, and because of that, Sen. Rapport is pleased and maintains his stance on the issue.

    "Out of it, preliminary injunction granted but a very good indication of the two provisions which would at least allow a woman to make an informed decision to allow those to see," said Rapert. "I think that's very positive. When you come out of anything winning something in it, I think it's a positive, and I'm happy for it."

    The next step is for the team to respond to whatever entity that wants to intervene. Depending on how the court rules, they'll look at whether or not they'll move for a permanent injunction.

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