Pro-life groups cheer Supreme Court’s refusal to hear medication-induced abortion ban in Arkansas
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Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma sued, arguing the law would halt operations at two of the state’s remaining three abortion clinics. The organization said that would force women to drive hundreds of miles to obtain legal abortions.
“Arkansas is now shamefully responsible for being the first state to ban medication abortion. This dangerous law immediately ends access to safe, legal abortion at all but one health center in the state. If that’s not an undue burden, what is?” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
A district judge agreed and initially blocked the law, saying it created too many hurdles for women. The 8th Circuit, though, erased that ruling, with the appeals court judges saying the lower court didn’t do enough to prove the burden. Specifically, the district judge didn’t estimate how many women would have to travel increased distances, nor calculate how many would likely delay an abortion or forgo one altogether, the appeals court said.
The case could come back to the Supreme Court after the lower courts sort out those issues.
“It is not as though the court is endorsing the 8th Circuit’s approach, just choosing not to review it at this time,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a law professor at Harvard University.
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