A federal court denied a lawsuit against Arkansas' restrictions for abortions on December 15, allowing the state's restriction to go into effect on Tuesday.
"This has not been an easy road, but it is the most important fight we could take on and win," said a spokesperson for Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. "My office has successfully defended and won a number of pro-life cases, and as long as I am attorney general, I will ensure we continue to fight for the lives and the rights of the unborn. Even with this remarkable announcement, our work continues and I promise I will keep fighting wholeheartedly to defend our pro-life laws."
The American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit against Arkansas over laws that ban dismemberment abortions and abortions based on the sex of the unborn baby. The laws also require doctors to inform law enforcement when a girl under 16 years old gets an abortion, and regulate how to preserve and dispose of an unborn baby's tissue.
"These Arkansas laws represent the worst motives of anti-abortion politicians: to shame, stigmatize, and humiliate abortion patients, and to make abortion care difficult if not impossible to access," said Ruth Harlow, a senior staff attorney for the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom project.