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    Rutledge Seeks Rehearing before Eighth Circuit on Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act

    June 10, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the following statement after filing a petition with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals asking for en banc rehearing to determine the constitutionality of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act.

    “I have and will continue to be a strong advocate for the unborn,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act, which prohibits abortions after 12 weeks when a heartbeat is detected, was passed by lawmakers in 2013, and it is my duty to defend this law. I believe that the State’s appeal is entitled to a full hearing before the entire Eighth Circuit and not just a three-judge panel.”

    A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit issued a decision that affirmed federal District Judge Susan Webber Wright’s ruling that prohibiting abortions after 12 weeks gestation is unconstitutional. The Attorney General’s Office is requesting that the case be heard by the full membership of the Eighth Circuit.

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