An initial scheduling order filed Wednesday sets the proposed trial date for March 17.
The date comes in a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights brought on behalf of 2 Little Rock abortion providers. A federal judge has blocked the law’s enforcement while it’s being challenged in court.
Arkansas’ Republican-led Legislature enacted the 12-week ban in March when it overrode a veto from Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.
Beebe and other opponents of the ban say it violates the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion until a fetus could viably survive outside the womb.