Rutledge to Petition U.S. Supreme Court on Constitutionality of Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act
September 23, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she will file a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act.
“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,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “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.”
Rutledge’s request to the U.S. 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 Attorney General’s Office requested a rehearing of the case before the full membership of the 8th Circuit, but rehearing was denied.
The State’s certiorari petition will be filed with the Supreme Court in the coming weeks.