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Federal Judge Blocks Pro Life Group From 12-Week Abortion Case

A federal judge Thursday blocked a pro life organization from intervening in a legal challenge to Arkansas' 12-week abortion law.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal judge Thursday blocked a pro life organization from intervening in a legal challenge to Arkansas' 12-week abortion law.

In an 8-page order, federal district judge Susan Webber Wright says "Concepts of Truth" did not assert "an injury and thus lacks standing to intervene in the case."

The Virginia based pro life organization intended to intervene in the case and help defend the 12-week abortion ban passed by the Arkansas general assembly in March.

Wright granted a motion for temporary injunction in May that will prevent the law from taking effect in August.

State senator Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, sponsored the legislation that became Act 301.

"It's a disappointment that Concepts of Truth and the post-abortive women who they work with are being barred from participation by the federal court as intervenors in the Heartbeat Protection Act case," Rapert says.  "These women are the only voices alive we are able to hear from who have been directly affected by abortion because the babies cannot speak for themselves."
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