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Arkansas Abortion Restrictions Temporarily Put on Hold

July 24, 2019, 2:34 PM

A federal court issued a 14-day temporary restraining order on Arkansas’s three new abortion restrictions, just one day before the restrictions were set to take effect.

The laws would ban abortion after 18 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of medical emergency, rape, or incest; ban women from obtaining an abortion “solely on the basis” that the fetus was diagnosed with Down syndrome; and mandate that an abortion provider must be a licensed Arkansas physician who is is board-certified or board-eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. The restrictions were scheduled to take effect July 24.

The laws were passed by the ...