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Groups say 12-week abortion ban should remain struck down

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 10, 2014 at 1:42 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Opponents of Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban say a federal appeals court should rule the law unconstitutional, arguing the state is trying to overturn 40 years of court precedent by seeking to reinstate the prohibition.

Two Little Rock doctors who perform abortions filed a brief Thursday asking the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a federal judge's ruling that the ban is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued on behalf of the doctors.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel appealed U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright's decision earlier this year. Both sides in the case have said they don't want oral arguments before the appeals court.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the ban last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

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Capitalist12 says... July 10, 2014 at 3:09 p.m.

Two Little Rock doctors want to kill more babies. Whatever happened to "do no harm"? How do these doctors live with themselves?

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23cal says... July 10, 2014 at 3:33 p.m.

The proven way to reduce abortions is to prevent unwanted pregnancies through more broad based sex education and access to free contraception. If you aren't pushing for these things, then you have no right to accuse someone else of wanting to kill more babies. Take the plank out of your own eye.
A major problem is stupid people who think the best or the only way to reduce abortions is by draconian legislation. Statistics show this is one of the poorest ways, and leads to more dead women. Removing the societal and economic reasons for unwanted pregnancies in addition to free contraception and sex education have been shown to be effective. If you are for this type of legislation, you are for killing more women as much as these doctors are wanting to kill more babies.
This isn't about saving babies, it is about punishing women for the crime of having sex, with the sentence being childbirth. It is about using legislation to force barbaric patriarchal religious mores onto the vulnerable.

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djigoo says... July 10, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.

Amen, 23.

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3rdWorldState says... July 10, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.

23 quit being rational.

( | suggest removal ) says... July 10, 2014 at 9:07 p.m.

Allow me to count the planks in my eye: Plank #1) I did not have sex before I was married. Plank #2) Even though I grew up in an era without sex education, I knew that I did not want to get pregnant before I was ready to raise a child. With all of those iphones, I'd think that there is an app available with information for avoiding unwanted pregnancies--although I don't have an iphone myself to check it out. Plank #3) My husband and I got married while we were still in college. We knew that was not a good time for us to have a child. We bought our own contraceptives. Plank #4) For many years I taught English next door to a health class which included a unit on sex education. How do I know? My students came to me giggling about putting condoms on bananas. Plank #5) I am not for killing anyone--neither babies nor women. Well, I wouldn't mind seeing a few rapists executed. Plank #6) I don't believe that discouraging abortion is about punishing women. Instead, I see it as protecting women from the invasion of cold, surgical instruments designed to scrape out a living soul that they helped create. Plank #7) Having sex is one of the joys of marriage. Next month marks 42 years for my husband and me. Plank #8) I don't believe that legislation should be necessary for people to act responsibly. I think our brains should be enough to guide us. Plank #9) It breaks my heart to think that women in the 21st century cannot protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies. That feels like a step backwards to me. Treva

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