LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is appealing a federal judge's order that blocks the state from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second-trimester procedure.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Friday filed a notice that she was appealing.
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction last month that halted the new abortion laws. The four restrictions were enacted earlier this year. Three were set to take effect on Aug. 1.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued Arkansas, saying the restrictions would make it nearly impossible for many women in the state to get an abortion.
The laws include a ban on a procedure known as dilation and evacuation. Abortion-rights supporters contend it's the safest and most common procedure used in second-trimester abortions. The state has argued the procedure is barbaric and can have emotional consequences for women.