Hot News Stories (1/20/16)Posted: January 20, 2016
ABC News (USA)
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive an Arkansas law that would have banned abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat. The justices did not comment in rejecting the state’s appeal of lower court rulings that struck down the law. Federal judges had called the law inconsistent with Supreme Court rulings that generally tie restrictions to the fetus’ viability, not the presence of a heartbeat.
Anti-abortion groups are now weighing in on issues regarding custody disputes of frozen embryos. These groups argue that such cases should be decided according to the best interests of the embryos, the same legal standard used in child-custody disputes.