Ultrasound pdLITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The attorney general of Arkansas has announced that he will appeal a recent ruling that struck down the state’s ban on abortion after 12 weeks if a heartbeat is detected. “[T]he notice of appeal was filed today and this office will diligently litigate this matter to its conclusion,” Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wrote in a statement on Friday. As previously reported, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright, nominated by George H.W. Bush, wrote in her opinion last month 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 stated. Legislators had 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. However, the ACLU of Arkansas soon threatened to file a lawsuit, and in April, it followed through with the threat. It sued the state medical board, asking the court to act quickly to prevent “irreparable harm” to abortionists and abortion-minded mothers. Wright granted a preliminary injunction to the ACLU the following month, agreeing with its assertions. More