UPDATE: Judge grants injunction against 12 week abortion ban
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - A judge Friday granted an injunction against the new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights brought a lawsuit challenging the law on behalf of two Little Rock abortion providers.
The suit included a request for an immediate injunction to block enforcement of the ban, which was set to take effect in August. A judge granted that injunction Friday morning, meaning the 12 week ban will not be law unless the State beats the lawsuit in court.
The state initially argued that the groups don't have standing to challenge the ban at all since it wasn't set to take effect until August. A U.S. district judge rejected that argument, saying the threat of enforcement was enough to challenge the law.
Doctors who violate the law face having their medical license revoked by the state.
Beebe and other opponents of the ban say it violates the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion until a fetus could viably survive outside the womb.
A ban against abortions starting at 20 weeks into a pregnancy was also approved by lawmakers during the 2013 legislative session. No injunctions have been filed against that law.