AR AG to petition Supreme Court on abortion ban

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Attorney General is set to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Wednesday that she will file the petition, according to a news release.

In the release Rutledge is quoted as saying, "As Attorney General, I have a duty to fully defend the State's law, which prohibits abortions after 12 weeks of gestation when a heartbeat is detected."

"But beyond my duty, I firmly believe that the State has a profound interest in protecting the lives of the unborn, which is exactly what this law does," she also said.

The request to the Supreme Court comes after a three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that affirmed U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright's ruling that prohibiting abortions after 12 weeks of gestation is unconstitutional.

The news release stated the Arkansas Attorney General's Office requested a rehearing about the case before the full membership of the 8th Circuit, but the rehearing was denied.

The petition will be filed in the coming weeks.

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