Target: Susan Webber Wright, U.S. District Judge
Goal: Thank Judge Webber for preventing extreme 12-week abortion ban
In an attempt to override their governor, Arkansas Republicans enacted one of the harshest abortion restrictions in the nation – a 12-week ban that would make one out of every 10 abortions in the state criminal. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted an injunction against the law, stating that it cannot be enforced while legal challenges of the ban are still pending. Thank Judge Wright for preventing such an extreme abortion ban from taking effect and for giving activists more time to legally challenge it.
The president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Nancy Northrup, commended Judge Wright’s decision to grant the injunction against the law: “Today’s decision ensures that the women of Arkansas will remain protected from this blatant unconstitutional assault on their health and fundamental reproductive rights,” Northrup explained. “Such an extreme ban on abortion would have immediate and devastating consequences for women in Arkansas, especially those who could not afford to travel out of state to access reproductive health care.” The ruling comes after the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Arkansas all came together to file a lawsuit against the ban and its unconstitutional measures.
Protecting women under Roe v. Wade, which gives them the right to make their own reproductive decisions so long as the fetus is not viable, is an essential cornerstone of women’s rights. Typically, a fetus is not viable until 22-24 weeks, making Arkansas’ potential ban both ridiculous and unconstitutional Judge Wright’s decision will give reproductive rights activists more time to formulate arguments against the extreme measure. Thank Judge Wright for standing up for women’s reproductive rights.
Dear Judge Wright,
You recently granted an injunction against Arkansas’ extreme 12-week abortion ban. The ban is unconstitutional and you prevented it from passing by asserting that it cannot be enforced while legal challenges of the ban are still pending. If passed, the ban would have been among the most restricting in the United States.
By preventing the ban from passing, you have done a huge service for women of Arkansas and the United States as a whole. Roe v. Wade states that a woman has a right to choose so long as the fetus is viable, and this does not occur until 22-24 weeks. Arkansas ban is abhorrently extreme given this. Thank you for defending the constitution and standing up for women’s reproductive rights.
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