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Arkansas Abortion Providers Want New Block on Covid-19 Ban

April 23, 2020, 1:50 PM

Abortion providers in Arkansas should be allowed to perform surgical procedures for women whose pregnancies will be too advanced to have an abortion when an emergency coronavirus order expires in May, they told a federal court in the state.

Little Rock Family Planning Services and others asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas Wednesday for a second temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction blocking the state from broadly enforcing a health department directive deeming abortions elective surgeries that must be postponed.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit dissolved the district court’s first temporary ...