Says, ‘I will consistently advocate for the lives of the unborn and defend our State’s legal right to protect unborn children’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined a coalition of 22 states filing an amicus brief in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that an Alabama law banning dismemberment abortions is constitutional and that a federal judge incorrectly struck it down.
“It is horrifying to imagine an innocent, defenseless unborn baby being torn limb from limb,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The thought of this makes it even more perplexing that a district court would ignore a State’s lawful authority to protect and promote human life and regulate medical ethics by prohibiting this act. As Arkansas’s chief legal officer, I will consistently advocate for the lives of the unborn and defend our State’s legal right to protect unborn children.”
The U.S. Supreme Court has held that states have an interest in protecting and fostering respect for human life, including the unborn, and the district court’s decision ignored this precedent. Abortion by dismemberment compromises respect for life and the medical profession’s ethics, the brief outlines.
The states make clear in the brief that they do not sanction abortion generally saying, “They regret being placed in a position of advocating for fetal death as a humane alternative to a procedure that should have no place in a civilized society – a situation that only highlights how absurdly far judicial decisions regarding unborn human life have departed from authorities barring inhumane treatment to animals and criminals who are facing the death penalty. But in light of precedent, amici strongly support the authority of states to protect both the life and dignity of unborn life in that small way, and thus have an interest in ensuring that courts scrutinize such regulations under appropriate standards.”
Earlier this year, the Arkansas General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted and Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a similar law banning dismemberment form of abortion. Louisiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia have also enacted similar prohibitions, and Texas has comparable legislation pending before its Legislature.
Led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, Rutledge is joined on the brief by Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.