By Dave Andrusko
Well, that’s a surprise. Planned Parenthood’s/ACLU’s/Center for Reproductive Rights’ go-to judge grants a preliminary injunction against a pro-life Arkansas law. On second thought, that is exactly what you would expect from U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker.
It doesn’t make any difference what the particular law at issue is. Baker will conclude, as she did with the Unborn Child Protection Act, (Senate Bill 6) that the law is “categorically unconstitutional.” The law will not be enforced while Judge Baker hears a challenge to its constitutionality.
The law was scheduled to go into effect July 28.
State Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, who sponsored the legislation, told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette
“Where is the conscience of the court? Judge Kristine Baker never fails to strike down pro-life laws in Arkansas. …She’s basing her decision on the same type of claptrap we always hear which ends up in the killing of unborn babies in our state and in the nation.”
Rapert also told the Gazette’s Dale Ellis, “Baker’s ruling goes directly against the wishes of ‘three million Arkansans represented by the Arkansas legislature and the governor of the state of Arkansas.’”
Ellis explained that “Just over two months after its passage in a mostly party line vote on both the Senate and House sides of the Capitol the new law was met with an anticipated legal challenge by opponents seeking to prevent it from going into effect. In May, the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a challenge to the ban on behalf of Little Rock Family Planning Services and Planned Parenthood’s Little Rock health center and Dr. Janet Cathey, a doctor who works at the Planned Parenthood clinic.”
On March 3, when the Arkansas House passed SB6 by a vote of 75-18, sending it along to Gov. Asa Hutchinson for his signature, Rose Mimms, executive director of Arkansas Right to Life, told NRL News Today
“Arkansas has once again proven that the heart of Arkansas beats for life with the passing of SB6 the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act. We are grateful for the leadership of Senator Jason Rapert and Representative Mary Bentley in passing this monumental legislation to right the wrong of legal abortion, and the devastating loss in human life and suffering it has caused. We encourage Governor Hutchinson to quickly sign it [which he did] and we thank all the members of the General Assembly who supported SB6.”
If enforced, S.B. 6 would save thousands of unborn children in Arkansas every year.