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The world is not you

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Power surge

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Monday, June 18, 2018 - 18:15:00

Judge again stops enforcement of state anti-abortion law

JUDGE KRISTINE BAKER: Again stops enforcement of Arkansas anti-abortion law.
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Federal Judge Kristine Baker has again temporarily stopped Arkansas from enforcing a law that ended medical abortions in Arkansas.

She says Planned Parenthood has demonstrated a likelihood to succeed with its argument that an Arkansas law presents an undue burden to women's legal access to abortions in Arkansas and did little for the state.

In regard to burdens, considered cumulatively, the record evidence at this stage of the litigation demonstrates that the contracted physician requirement, given plaintiffs’ inability to comply with it, significantly burdens a large faction of women in Arkansas seekin g medication abortions. 
She said evidence showed the requirement in the law gave little benefit to women in a safe procedure. (It is safer than childbirth and Planned Parenthood has a detailed protocol for dealing with complications.)

Baker's order is in force for 14 days through July 2. Arguments will be considered in the meanwhile, presumably, on whether to make the temporary order permanent.

The law prevents medicine abortions — a two-pill regimen in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy that is completed at home — from being provided by clinics that don't have an agreement with a doctor with hospital admitting privileges. Because of threats from anti-abortion forces, doctors are reluctant to enter an agreement with the clinics.

Baker had enjoined the law previously, but the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals lifted the injunction. It said Baker had acted without exploring sufficiently exactly how many women would be affected. This was a decision at various with an appeals court ruling in Texas that said a virtually identical law was unconstitutional.

But the decision had the effect of stopping medicine abortions at the Planned Parenthood clinics in Little Rock and Fayetteville and also at the one other abortion provider in the state, which is in Little Rock. That clinic still may perform surgical abortions.

Here's the judge's 100-page ruling.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, a foe of women's medical rights, undoubtedly will appeal. More to come.

To the state's argument that there was no irreparable harm from enforcing the law, Baker wrote:

PPAEO and Dr. Ho allege that enforcement and enactment of Section 1504(d) causes irreparable harm because plaintiffs are unable to comply and the contracted physician requirement therefore eliminates medication abortions in Fayetteville and Little Rock, forcing any woman in Arkansas who seeks an abortion to drive to Little Rock for a surgical abortion

Defendants contest these assertions, arguing that there is no irreparable harm caused to Arkansas women by the contracted physician requirement  Also, reiterating their prior argument, defendants argue that the contracted physician requirement does not irreparably harm Arkansas women seeking medication abortions because out-of-state abortion providers remain a viable option.

Defendants argue that, even if this Court cannot consider out-of-state abortion providers in the undue burden analysis, such providers may be considered in the irreparable harm analysis. Defendants cite no authority for this proposition.

For now, this Court finds, based on the state of the record before the Court at this stage of the proceeding, that Section 1504(d) causes ongoing and imminent irreparable harm to the plaintiffs and their patients. As detailed above, the record at this stage of the proceeding indicates that Section 1504(d) will force PPAEO’s two abortion clinics to cease providing medication abortions, the only type of abortion offered by those two clinics, leaving Arkansas with only one abortion clinic, which is located in Little Rock and provides only surgical abortions. Those women who live in Northwest Arkansas and seek a medication abortion are now faced with the prospect of making two 380-mile round trips to Little Rock for a surgical abortion

Further, it makes little sense for this Court to disregard out-ofstate providers at the “burden” stage of this analysis, as this Court concludes is required by established precedent, but, on the other hand, consider out-of-state providers to determine if “irreparable harm” has or will occur. To do so would lead to absurd results, and this Court declines to do so. 


Monday, June 18, 2018 - 14:34:00

Municipal League targets FOI law changes

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The Arkansas Municipal League adopted four resolutions at its convention last week endorsing legislative changes in the state Freedom of Information Act.

Some will not be well-received.



Monday, June 18, 2018 - 13:44:00

Monday's open line. Children in cages

The open line and the daily news roundup, beginning with the caged concentration camps operated by the U.S. on our southern border.


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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 14:23:00

No Small Talk, Ep. 20: Mutants of the Monster, "Unforgiven"

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This week, Omaya and Stephanie chat with Christopher Terry (C.T.) of Rwake about the upcoming heavy music micro-festival, and take a look at the next film in the Arkansas Times Film Series, "Unforgiven."



Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:35:00

HAM dinners: 'History is Served'

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Tickets are now on sale for the third dinner in the Historic Arkansas Museum’s “History is Served” series, set for 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 26. Each dinner focuses on influences on Arkansas cuisine; July's dinner theme is the foodways of German and Scottish settlers during Arkansas's territorial period, including immigrants like Jesse Hinderliter, who ran the Hinderliter Grog Shop tavern and boarding house on the museum’s historic block.

Capi Peck of Trio’s Restaurant will be guest chef, and George Brothers Historic Arkansas Ale, based on a historic recipe and brewed by Stone’s Throw Brewing Co., will be served. Tickets are $45 ($35 for museum members) and will be available online at The other dinners have sold out quickly.

The History is Served series is based on a similar program at Colonial Williamsburg.


Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:26:00

Morsels: Restaurant and food event news

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The B-Side Bistro, Tom and Barbara Fuge’s breakfast and lunch eatery at 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, which closed in May for remodeling, has cracked back open as The Happy Egg. The Happy Egg menu (find it on the B-Side Facebook page) includes such breakfast items as beignets, waffles, pancakes, shrimp and grits, bananas foster French toast, quiches and eggs Benedict along with a lunch menu of quesadillas, burgers, salads and such. New hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Don’t forget Wildwood Park for the Arts’ “Wine & Food Feastivalrunning from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 15. The fundraiser, which will include a silent auction and dancing to the Greasy Greens, will be catered by such upscale eateries as Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse/Oceans at Arthurs, the Capital Hotel, Chenal Country Club. Tickets are $75; call 821-7275 to purchase. Parking is on Denny Road; a shuttle will take feasters to Wildwood’s theater.

Ira’s, the restaurant long in the making in the historic Rose Building at 311 Main St., has pushed back its opening date to Monday, June 25, because of “issues getting all the necessary permits,” owner Ira Mittleman says. Ira’s dinner menu will feature upscale American cuisine, and its bar menu will feature tacos, gravlax salmon and other nosh. The bar will open at 4 p.m., the restaurant at 5 p.m. Lunch will begin in July. Call 501-406-5857.


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