State loses timing limit for abortion

But judge rules ultrasound stays

Posted: March 15, 2014 at 3:59 a.m.

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow said that he was overjoyed that U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright left the ultrasound and notification sections of Act 301 intact because he believes they will lead to fewer abortions in Arkansas.

A federal judge on Friday permanently struck down part of a 2013 state law outlawing most abortions at or after 12 weeks of pregnancy but left intact other parts of the law requiring abortion candidates to have an abdominal ultrasound and be told the medical probability of the fetus’ survival if brought to term.

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