Thursday, October 8, 2015

AG Rutledge Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold 12-Week Abortion Ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of a law banning abortions after 12 weeks of gestation when a heartbeat is detected.

She announced her intention to petition the court concerning the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act in September.
“As the state argues in its petition to the court, I believe that certiorari should be granted to allow the court to revisit and overturn the arbitrary viability rule,” Rutledge said. “Arkansas and other states should be allowed to advance their profound interests in defending the life of the unborn, which is exactly what the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act accomplishes.”Rutledge's request to the court comes after a three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Susan Webber Wright's ruling that the law is unconstitutional.
A native Arkansan, Rutledge graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and received her law degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock. She began her legal career as Clerk for Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Josephine Hart, now Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. She served as a Deputy Prosecutor for the State of Arkansas and then as Deputy Counsel for Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Legal Counsel on the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. Rutledge also worked as Legal Counsel for the Republican National Committee. Prior to election as Attorney General, she practiced law at The Rutledge Firm, PLLC, in Little Rock. On November 4, 2014, Rutledge made history as the first woman elected to serve as Arkansas’s Attorney General.

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