Two important cases, centered around the humanity of the child, are set to proceed soon.
The two cases – Edwards v. Beck in Arkansas along with MKB Management Corp. v Stenehjem in North Dakota – were filed to block recent state laws which ban abortions based on when a baby’s heartbeat is detected.
The future of these court cases rests on two questions.
First, Who will be named to the three-judge panel? Any of the 15 judges in the Eight Circuit could be chosen. Another recent appeals case clarifies why this step is so vital.
When the initial challenge to House Bill 2 in Texas went to an appeals court in March 2014, a panel of three female judges was chosen; they rejected the appeal unanimously, allowing Texas’ pro-life law to remain intact.
Secondly, Will the Eighth Circuit consolidate the two cases? The issue of a baby’s humanity in the womb will more likely come before the Supreme Court if judges consolidate these two as companion cases.
Allan Parker of The Justice Foundation has filed amicus briefs in both cases. These briefs carefully document the testimonies of 3,279 women, who reveal the physical and psychological harm they’ve endured due to abortion.
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