Appeals court hearing state appeal of abortion law ruling | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Appeals court hearing state appeal of abortion law ruling

Posted By on Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 9:44 AM

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing arguments this morning from Arkansas to reinstate the law aimed at putting Planned Parenthood out of the abortion business in Arkansas by requiring presence of a doctor with hospital admitting privileges. Threats of reprisals by anti-abortion groups discouraged any doctors from accepting the role.

Planned Parenthood said this presented an undue burden on its clinics and would put them out of the business of providing drugs that induce early-stage abortions. Federal Judge Kristine Baker ruled in the organization's favor, as she has in a separate suit over the state's denial of Medicaid money for non-abortion health care at Planned Parenthood because Gov. Asa Hutchinson disapproves of Planned Parenthood's abortion services.

According to a spectator, judges are asking some questions that sound favorable to Planned Parenthood — good arguments on unconstitutionality in general, said one judge. Another asked whether the law didn't force Arkansas women to bypass pharmaceutical abortion for more surgical abortion. The full argument should be available on-line later today.

A member of her staff is carrying Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's fight to defend the law.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Sunday open line

    Open line and “news” on the Hog football coach.
    • Nov 19, 2017
  • The Clintons side by side in Little Rock 25 years after

    Bill and Hillary Clinton side by side taking questions from Donald Carville. The only thing more I could have asked for was a seat for Donald Trmp to handle the same topics.
    • Nov 19, 2017
  • Arkansas a leader in laws against better working conditions

    The Economic Policy Institute has compiled a national look at state laws that prevent local governments from mandating better working conditions in cities and counties than state law provides.As you might expect, Arkansas is among the leaders
    • Nov 19, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • LR speakers blast state board for double standard

    A series of speakers, beginning with Sen. Joyce Elliott, denounced what they saw as a hidden agenda favoring charter schools at the state Department of Education and asked the state Board of Education for return of local control.
    • May 12, 2016
  • Is Arkansas in or out on Kobach voter data effort?

    The Washington Post has published a map that counts Arkansas as among states that will "partially comply" with a sweeping request for voter data by the so-called election integrity commission set up by Donald Trump in an effort to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's 3 million-vote popular defeat of him in 2016.
    • Jul 2, 2017
  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation