December 22, 2020

Federal Court Allows Arkansas Dismemberment Abortion Ban to Take Effect

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On Dec. 16, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals announced that it would not reconsider its decision to lift a district court's injunction against several pro-life Arkansas laws, including one that bans the practice of "dilation and evacuation" abortions. This will finally allow them to take effect after a three-year-long legal battle.

Among the pro-life measures that Arkansas can now enforce are a ban on sex-selective abortions, regulations on the preservation and disposal of aborted children's remains, a ban on "dilation and evacuation" abortions (which involve the dismemberment of unborn children), and a requirement that abortionists notify the police where abortion patients under 14 years old reside.

The Associated Press reported that the laws could take effect as soon as Dec. 22.

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