Judge blocks Arkansas from en­forc­ing 4 abor­tion re­stric­tions

West Hawaii Today - - Nation & World - By wire sources

LIT­TLE ROCK, Ark. — A fed­eral judge has blocked Arkansas from en­forc­ing four new abor­tion re­stric­tions, in­clud­ing a ban on a com­mon sec­ond trimester pro­ce­dure and a fe­tal re­mains law that op­po­nents say would ef­fec­tively re­quire a part­ner’s con­sent be­fore a woman could get an abor­tion.

U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge Kris­tine Baker is­sued a pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion late Fri­day night against the new re­stric­tions, three of which were set to take ef­fect Tues­day. The Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union and the Cen­ter for Re­pro­duc­tive Rights had chal­lenged the mea­sures, su­ing on be­half of Dr. Fred­er­ick Hop­kins, a Lit­tle Rock abor­tion provider.

The laws in­clude a ban on a pro­ce­dure known as di­la­tion and evac­u­a­tion. Abor­tion rights sup­port­ers say it is the safest and most com­mon pro­ce­dure used in sec­ond-trimester abor­tions, but the state calls it bar­baric and “dis­mem­ber­ment abor­tion,” say­ing it can have emo­tional con­se­quences for the women who un­dergo it. Sim­i­lar bans are in ef­fect in Mis­sis­sippi and West Vir­ginia and have been blocked by court rul­ings in Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana and Ok­la­homa. A ban ap­proved in Texas will take ef­fect in Septem­ber and is also be­ing chal­lenged in court. The groups said the ban would have a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact.

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