12 Week Arkansas Abortion Ban Struck DownPosted: May 27, 2015
Today the U.S. Court of Appeals blocked an Arkansas law banning abortions after 12 weeks. Arkansas tried to ban abortion at 12 weeks based on fetal heartbeats. Such legislation has previously proven to be unconstitutional due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decision in Roe v. Wade precedent women have the right to an abortion up to the point of viability (usually about 24 weeks). This viability discussion has been extensive, ultimately resulting in different states upholding different abortion banning laws. For example, ten states now have laws that ban abortions after 20 weeks. North Dakota holds the record for the most severe anti-choice abortion ban, where they tried to ban abortions after merely six-weeks, a period of time in which many women don’t even know they’re pregnant yet.
This anti-choice 12-week ban in Arkansas was permanently barred by a three-judge panel. Due to Arkansas’ strict beliefs, a backup bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy has been approved. This bill further stipulates that before undergoing an abortion a woman must wait two days before following through with the procedure.