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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Anti-abortion group can't intervene in federal suit

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM

The anti-abortion group Concepts of Truth may not intervene in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arkansas's 12-week abortion ban, Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled today. Here's the ruling. Wright ruled that the outcome of the case would not affect Concepts of Truth's ability to do business, which would be required for the group to have standing, and that "Concepts’ participation in this case would increase litigation costs and delay final resolution of the dispute, without counterbalancing benefits."


The group may file a friend-of-the-court brief, Wright ruled.

The organization, which is based out of Wynne, had argued that it had standing because it was "instrumental in lobbying for and enlisting public support for Act 301," Wright's ruling quoted Concepts of Truth founder Millie Lace as saying. Act 301 was introduced by Republican Sen. Jason Rapert, who initially wanted to limit abortion to six weeks, which would have required a vaginal probe.

The case will go to court March 17, 2014. Wright has issued a temporary injunction to keep the law from going into effect. Plaintiffs are Dr. Louis Jerry Edwards and Dr. Tom Tvedten; defendants are the State Medical Board.

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