Court Blocks Arkansas Bans on Late-Term and Down Syndrome Abortions

Court Blocks Arkansas Bans on Late-Term and Down Syndrome Abortions


A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling that blocks multiple Arkansas pro-life laws, including bans on late-term abortions and those based on sex of the unborn baby and a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

“As the district court recognized, the law governing the constitutionality of two of the three statutes at issue — Act 493 and Act 619 — though obviously subject to change in the future, is well established in this Circuit today,” the three-judge panel said in Tuesday’s ruling in the case of Little Rock Family Planning Services v. Leslie Rutledge.

The panel continued:

The Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that its pre-viability rule is categorical: “Regardless of whether exceptions are made for particular circumstances, a State may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.” … We have

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