The 8th Circuit on Wednesday struck down an Arkansas abortion ban that would have been among the strictest in the country.
The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act would have banned abortions after 12 weeks or if there was a fetus’ heartbeat was before 12 weeks.
Furthermore, the law would have required doctors to determine whether the fetus had a heartbeat before providing an abortion. It did contain exceptions in cases of incest, rape and medical emergencies.
The law, passed in 2013, was vetoed by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe but became law two days later after both houses overrode the veto.