(Washington Times) A federal judge Friday temporarily blocked a first-of-its-kind Arkansas law that would effectively have prevented most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted the motion for preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of two Little Rock abortion providers.

The ruling prevents the law from going into effect in August. The lawsuit on the law’s constitutionality will proceed on the merits.

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