Hand And Gavel.LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A federal judge appointed by then-President George H.W. Bush has declared unconstitutional an Arkansas law that banned abortions after 12 weeks if a heartbeat is detected. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright wrote in her opinion on Friday that the standard for abortion restrictions according to Roe v. Wade is whether the child is viable—meaning that he or she can survive outside of the womb—rather than whether the baby has a heartbeat. “The Court notes that the [state] conveys that viability ‘begins’ with a heartbeat; it does not declare that viability is fully achieved with the adept of a heartbeat,” she wrote. “Such a declaration would undoubtedly contravene the Supreme Court’s determination that viability in a particular case is a matter for medical judgment, and it is attained when, in the judgment of the attending physician on the particular facts of the case at hand, that there is a reasonable likelihood of sustained survival outside the womb.” As previously reported, just days after passing a late-term abortion ban, legislators in Arkansas voted in March of last year to make the Human Heartbeat Protection Act law, overriding the veto of Democratic Governor Mike Beebe. The Act required that women obtain an ultrasound prior to having an abortion, and if a heartbeat is detected past twelve weeks, the abortion may not proceed. Abortionists who violate the law would have their license revoked. MORE