LITTLE ROCK, AR – Working with Liberty Counsel and legislators, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel appealed a Federal District Court decision which struck down Arkansas’s twelve week abortion ban, part of the Human Heartbeat Protection Act .
Under Act 301, doctors are required to perform an ultrasound and tell the mother that her baby has a heartbeat, but if the baby is developed past the first trimester, the abortion is prohibited by law.
Federal District Judge Susan Webber Wright upheld the informed consent provisions of the law, but struck down the twelve week abortion ban.
“Liberty Counsel salutes Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and the legislators for appealing this decision on the heartbeat bill,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
“Today’s appeal is another step in protecting women from the harmful effects of second and third trimester abortions and defending the most vulnerable among us, preborn children. The undeniable fact is that the child in the womb is not a potential life, but she is fully alive,” concluded Staver.
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