Friday, July 23, 2021

Court Enjoins Arkansas Abortion Ban

In Little Rock Family Planning Services v. Jegley, (ED AR, July 20, 2021), an Arkansas federal district court issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing Arkansas Act 309 against pre-viability abortions. The statute bans all abortions, except when necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman.  The court said in part:

The Act thus “prohibit[s] any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.”... Defendants do not make any argument to the contrary.... Instead, defendants argue that Roe and Casey were wrongly decided and that there is no constitutional right to abortion.... As a federal district court, this Court “is bound by the Supreme Court’s decisions in Casey.”... Accordingly, the Act is categorically unconstitutional, and plaintiffs have demonstrated that they are likely to succeed on the merits.

AP reports on the decision. [Thanks to Tom Rutledge for the lead.]