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LITTLE ROCK, Ark — A federal appeals court on Tuesday kept on hold an Arkansas law banning abortions 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy and another banning the procedure from being performed because the fetus has Down syndrome.

The 8th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge's 2019 ruling temporarily blocking Arkansas from enforcing the measures.

"As the district court recognized, the law governing the constitutionality of two of the three statutes at issue — Act 493 and Act 619 — though obviously subject to change in the future, is well established in this Circuit today," the three-judge panel said in Tuesday's ruling.

U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker in 2019 ruled that both measures unconstitutionally restrict abortion before a fetus is viable, or able to survive outside the womb.

"This ruling is a victory for all Arkansans and a decisive repudiation of Arkansas politicians' ongoing crusade to deny people the right to make their own medical decisions and force them to continue pregnancies against their will," Holly Dickson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, said in a statement.

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