December 29, 2020

District Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against Arkansas Abortion Laws

After the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals announced on Dec. 16 that it would not be reconsidering its decision to lift U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker's injunction against the enforcement of four pro-life Arkansas laws, Judge Baker has now granted the ACLU a temporary restraining order against those laws.

The four laws ban the practice of dismembering living unborn children, legally protect unborn children who would be aborted simply because they were diagnosed with Down syndrome, require forensic samples to be collected from abortions performed on a minor, and mandate the humane disposal of remains from aborted children.

The restraining order lasts until Jan 5., but the ACLU has already filed a request for a preliminary injunction as part of the ongoing legal battle it is fighting against Arkansas.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge voiced her opinion on Judge Baker's decision in a statement:

“I am disappointed in Judge Baker’s decision to again temporarily block Arkansas laws protecting young girls from predators and sex traffickers, protecting girls from sex-selective abortions, and prohibiting particularly barbaric abortion practices. Arkansas has repeatedly prevailed when it has appealed similar rulings by Judge Baker and will ultimately do so again.”

Click here to read more.