Little Rock, AR â€“ 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 ACLUâ€™s request for an injunction. The â€œHeartbeatâ€ 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 motherâ€™s life is in danger.
â€œAs we promised when the legislation was introduced, Liberty Counsel will defend this law without reservation for the people of Arkansas, born and pre-born,â€ said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. â€œNo right is more foundational than the right to life. Without life, all other rights are irrelevant,â€ concluded Staver.
In Gonzales v. Carhart, the Supreme Court recognized that â€œRespect for human life finds its ultimate expression in the bond of love the mother has for her child.â€ The brief states that â€œthe 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.â€ Most of the Heartbeat Act â€œdoes nothing to hinder a womanâ€™s right,â€ and the one section that does â€œstrikes a reasonable balance between the womanâ€™s right and the Stateâ€™s interest in protecting and preserving life.â€ This Act protects women from the negative psychological consequences of abortion and shows the Stateâ€™s profound respect for life at all stages of development.
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