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Arkansas Contests Abortion Restriction Order

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The state of Arkansas appealed a judge’s order Friday blocking new abortion restrictions put in place to primarily stop women from undergoing abortions in the second and third trimesters.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed an appeal against the preliminary injunction that U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued in July to stop Arkansas’ new abortion laws from taking effect, according to US News. Three of the four abortion restrictions were set to go into effect Aug. 1, according to the Associated Press(RELATED: Arkansas Judge To Decide On Strict Abortion Clinic Regulations).

Baker’s order to block the abortion laws came after the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood sued Arkansas on the grounds that restricting abortion access would make it too difficult for women in the state to get the care they needed. Abortion advocates said the new laws would make it too hard for a woman to have an abortion in Arkansas, while pro-life advocates insisted that the laws were designed to protect mothers and fetuses in the later stages of development.

Planned Parenthood also challenged the laws based on their restriction of “dilation and evacuation” and abortions sought based on the sex of the fetus. (RELATED: Planned Parenthood To Challenge Arkansas Abortion Laws In Court).

The district court has not yet responded to Rutledge’s appeal.

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