Arkansas Abortion Ban Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Judge

July 21, 2021, 3:42 PM

A federal judge in Arkansas blocked a state law classifying virtually any abortion as a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, calling the statute “categorically unconstitutional” under a half-century of U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

Judge Kristine G. Baker issued a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction late Tuesday, finding that the clinics and doctors challenging the ban have shown they’re likely to succeed in having the statute permanently struck down at the conclusion of their case.

“The act would cause imminent irreparable harm to plaintiffs and their patients,” Baker wrote for the U.S. District Court for the ...

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