Arkansas: Federal Judge Blocks Enforcement Of 4 Abortion Restrictions

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 LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — Four new laws restricting abortion access in Arkansas has been blocked by U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker.  The  preliminary injunction was issued late Friday (July 28).
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights had challenged the measures in June, suing on behalf of an abortion provider in Little Rock.
Three of the laws were set to go into effect Tuesday (August 1),  the fourth, pertaining to medical records, would have gone into effect January 1, 2018.

One law, Act 45,  includes a ban on a procedure known as “dilation and evacuation.” Abortion rights supporters say it is the safest and most common procedure used in second-trimester abortions, but the state calls it barbaric and “dismemberment abortion,” saying it can have emotional consequences for the women who use this procedure.

Another law,   Act 603, includes the disposition of fetal remains in a current state law that require family members agree on what to do with a dead person’s remains.  Critics of the new measure argued that it would require the mother to inform the father of an abortion, even in cases of rape.

The two other laws, Act 733  and Act 1018 pertain to doctors and concern over medical records and reporting methods.

On August, 10 a hearing on a case that involves another Arkansas law, which targets abortion providers for medically unnecessary over-regulation, will be held. The lawsuit is on behalf of Planned Parenthood Great Plains and the ACLU.