In a new and very welcome development in the fight to preserve women’s abortion rights, two Arkansas doctors have filed suit against the state. According to the ACLU chapter that filed the suit on their behalf, they are challenging a new law that restricts the availability of abortions after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and trying to block its taking effect this summer.
Doctors Louis Jerry Edwards and Tom Tvedten, who are affiliated with the Little Rock Family Planning Services, are requesting a court order to block the law, which they say violates the Constitution. The new law was passed in March over Democratic Governor Mike Beebe’s veto.
Arkansas is one of a number of states passing ever more restrictive laws in recent years in a effort to limit or eliminate women’s rights to reproductive health and privacy — including the right to safe, legal abortions if and when they, their families, and their doctors make that decision.
Politicians have no place in these constitutionally protected decisions, but doctors are directly involved in each and every one. It’s encouraging to see two of them step up and speak out in defense of their patients, the women of Arkansas, and women everywhere. Hopefully they will be an inspiration to doctors across the country, because this is their fight, too.
- Lawsuit Filed to Block New Arkansas Abortion La (abcnews.go.com)
- Doctors Sue Arkansas Over 12-Week Abortion Ban, ACLU Says – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)