Rutledge Statement on the United States Supreme Court’s Decision to Not Hear the Human Heartbeat Protection Act Case
January 19, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to grant her request for a writ of certiorari to uphold the constitutionality of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act.
“I am disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to not grant certiorari,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act was passed by the elected legislators of this State and was a reasonable way to protect the lives of more unborn children. The Court should have granted certiorari to change its current doctrine that prevents a State from prohibiting abortions until later in pregnancy. Arkansas and other states have a profound interest in defending the life of the unborn and as Attorney General, I had a duty to fully defend this statute.”