The Supreme Court refused to hear a case arguing whether an Arkansas law banning abortion at 12 weeks, with narrow exception, should be considered constitutional.
Attorneys for the state argue its safe haven laws allow it to ban nearly all abortions prior to viability.
The law, considered to be among the most radically restrictive in the nation, has been blocked by a federal judge since March 2014.
Arkansas may be on the verge of having some of the most restrictive reproductive health laws in the country, but the activists fighting those laws are just getting started.
If the Arkansas legislature had a motto for its 2013 session, it would probably be “Want to have sex? Make babies.”
The question now is whether the ban will go into effect in June, or if it is enjoined while the legal challenges occur.
The governor has used the same argument to veto the even more restrictive 12-week ban. Will the legislature override him anyway?
The Senate passes a 20 week ban, sending it back to the House then on to the governor.
The heartbeat ban may be stuck in committee. Why? It’s not strict enough.
The ban has been tabled. Could that be a positive sign?