The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appeals court for Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota, has struck down a law passed in Arkansas in 2013 that banned abortion at 12 weeks; around the time a fetus has a heartbeat.
The court ruled that U.S. Supreme Court precedent prohibits states from passing laws that ban abortion before a fetus is viable, that is, when the fetus can survive outside of the womb. Presently, unborn children are able to survive outside the womb as early as 22 weeks, but not as early as the 12th week. The 8th Circuit is considered one of the most receptive appellate courts to pro-life arguments. Unfortunately, this bill was a bridge too far based upon the current state of the law.
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!
Posted: June 5, 2015