Little Rock, AR – Liberty Counsel filed a motion and a brief in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas seeking to intervene on behalf of a Concepts of Life crisis pregnancy center to defend against a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
These anti-life groups seek to impose a permanent injunction before the Human Heartbeat Protection Act goes into effect July 18. Liberty Counsel also filed a brief opposing the ACLU’s request for an injunction. The “Heartbeat” bill states that when a woman seeks an abortion at or after the 12th week, doctors must test for a fetal heartbeat before an abortion is performed and inform the pregnant mother that the child in her womb has a heartbeat. If a heartbeat is detected, a woman cannot have an abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, and if a mother’s life is in danger.
“As we promised when the legislation was introduced, Liberty Counsel will defend this law without reservation for the people of Arkansas, born and pre-born,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “No right is more foundational than the right to life. Without life, all other rights are irrelevant,” concluded Staver.
In Gonzales v. Carhart, the Supreme Court recognized that “Respect for human life finds its ultimate expression in the bond of love the mother has for her child.” The brief states that “the Act recognizes this reality and seeks to protect it through providing truthful and non-misleading information, including the development of her child, to the expectant mother.” Most of the Heartbeat Act “does nothing to hinder a woman’s right,” and the one section that does “strikes a reasonable balance between the woman’s right and the State’s interest in protecting and preserving life.” This Act protects women from the negative psychological consequences of abortion and shows the State’s profound respect for life at all stages of development.
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