The American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, and Planned Parenthood, which have filed a lawsuit against the Arkansas ban with other abortion rights groups, applauded the order.
Arkansas has pursued a clearly unconstitutional law that would disproportionately harm people of color, people living in rural areas, and people with low incomes – who already face significant barriers to accessing health care and higher risks of pregnancy-related death, “said Meagan Burrows, lawyer with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “Today’s court ruling should serve as a stark reminder to anti-abortion politicians in Arkansas and other states that they cannot deprive people of their right to make the deeply personal decision to be made. abort or continue a pregnancy. We will continue to fight to ensure that abortion remains legal in Arkansas and that the state’s unconstitutional ban is overturned for good. “
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office has expressed disappointment.
“The Attorney General is disappointed with Judge Baker’s decision today,” spokeswoman Stephanie Sharp said. “She will review it to consider the appropriate next step to protect the life of the unborn child.”
The law “is just as unconstitutional as any other pre-viability abortion bans overturned before it,” the ACLU wrote, highlighting Hutchinson’s comments on CNN.
“This will inflict immediate and irreparable harm on the plaintiffs’ patients by flagrantly violating their constitutional rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, threatening their health and well-being and forcing them to continue their pregnancy against their mother. willing “, they added. .
Burrows acknowledged in an interview with CNN ahead of the blocking of the measure that the judge could wait to decide to permanently block Arkansas law until the Supreme Court issues a ruling on the Mississippi ban, most likely next year.
“This is sort of the time that states like Arkansas and the anti-abortion politicians in those states have been waiting,” she said. “But as it stands, Roe v. Wade and his clear line rule that states cannot outright ban abortion before viability is still the law of the land. And all the lower courts – district courts and appellate courts – are bound by this unless and until the Supreme Court changes course.
CNN’s Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.