Sanctity of Life


Arkansas Appeals Heartbeat Law Decision

Posted on November 11, 2015

(This originall appeared in Life News - 5 Pro-life Cases)

  • Case: Edwards v. Beck
  • From 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Last Action: October 6, 2015

Heartbeat Laws protect the right to life based on when a pre-born baby’s heartbeat can be detected. While the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Arkansas’ Heartbeat law, originally passed in 2013 by 56-33 (overriding the governor’s veto), Arkansas plans to elevate the issue.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that Arkansas has petitioned the Supreme Court to consider this case. “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,” said Rutledge.