Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that she’d ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court decisions that held unconstitutional Arkansas’s ban on most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy if a hearbeat is detected.
It would require a reversal of decades of precedent to allow a state to prohibit abortions months before viablity of the fetus, the standard established in Roe v. Wade. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to do so in the Arkansas case, originally decided by federal Judge Susan Webber Wright. Said Rutledge:
“As Attorney General, I have a duty to fully defend the State’s law, which prohibits abortions after 12 weeks of gestation when a heartbeat is detected,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “But beyond my duty, I firmly believe that the State has a profound interest in protecting the lives of the unborn, which is exactly what this law does.”
In short, she’ll defend anything the legislature passes, no matter how widely recognized as unconstitutional. And she puts the interest of a fetus ahead of the interests of a living adult woman.