Attorney General Mark Pryor said that he will not appeal the federal appeals court ruling in September that struck down Arkansas' ban on late-term abortion. Pryor explained in a letter to Arkansas Right to Life Executive Director Rose Mimms that the appeal would be costly and would likely fail.
In September, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that laws in Arkansas, Nebraska, and Iowa banning late term abortions are unconstitutional. The court, upholding U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf's decision from last year, said that the laws in these three states are so vague that they could potentially outlaw all abortions. Chief Judge Richard Arnold wrote regarding the Nebraska law that "Such a prohibition places an undue burden on the right of women to choose whether to have an abortion."
Pryor said he would "wait for the (U.S.) Supreme Court to rule on similar cases in Nebraska and Wisconsin" before taking any further action on the issue.
Media Resources: AP and Feminist Majority Foundation - December 22, 1999
8/31/2015 Chicago Activists Continue Hunger Strike to Save Predominately Black Public High School - Chicago residents have entered the second week of their hunger strike protesting the closure of Dyett High School, in the predominately African-American Bronzeville neighborhood located on the South Side of Chicago.
Parents and community members are calling on the Chicago Board of Education to keep Dyett - the only open-enrollment, neighborhood school in its area - open and accept a community plan to revitalize the school with a focus on science and green technology. . . .
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .