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US Supreme Court sends decision against Arkansas abortion laws back to 8th Circuit

As this year’s March for Life approaches, there is a renewed sense of optimism in the hearts of pro-life advocates across the nation.

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Denise Harle regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to vacate a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit’s in Rutledge v. Little Rock Family Planning Services and remand it back to that court to re-evaluate its ruling in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Because of Roe v. Wade, the 8th Circuit had suspended enforcement of Arkansas laws protecting unborn life after 18 weeks in gestational age, prohibiting abortions simply because the baby may have Down syndrome, and requiring abortionists to be board-certified or board-eligible in obstetrics and gynecology:

“Every human life is worthy of protection; Arkansas’ laws protect both unborn children and women. And now that the Supreme Court has returned policy decisions of this sort to the states, we trust that the 8th Circuit will conclude that Arkansas’ laws protecting unborn children, the health of pregnant mothers, and the integrity of the medical profession are legitimate. Two of the three 8th Circuit judges who ruled against Arkansas felt bound by the Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey but expressed their deep concern for the error of those decisions, noting that ‘each human being is priceless beyond measure.’ States—including Arkansas—have a valid interest in ensuring that their laws respect the life and dignity of the unborn and are protect the health of women based on the latest science.”

  • Pronunciation guide: Harle (HAR’-lee)

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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