Advert

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Signs Law Banning Almost All Abortions

Published 
| Last updated 

Arkansas Governor Signs Law Banning Almost All AbortionsPA Images

The governor of Arkansas has signed legislation that will ban almost all abortions in the state.

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson stated that he was signing the bill because of its ‘overwhelming legislative support and my sincere and long-held pro-life convictions’.

Advert

A number of hard-line abortion bans have recently been pushed by Republicans who want to force the US Supreme Court to reassess its 1973 Roe v. Wade landmark decision over a woman’s right to choose.

Asa HutchinsonPA Images

The SB6 bill will ban providers from carrying out abortions ‘except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency’.

No exceptions would be made for cases of rape, incest or foetal anomalies. Those found to have violated this law could face fines of up to $100,000, as well as prison sentences of up to 10 years.

Advert

As reported by AP, Hutchinson had previously voiced concerns that the bill directly challenged Roe, as well as about the lack of exceptions made for instances of rape and incest exceptions.

These concerns were repeated as Hutchinson announced his decision:

[The ban] is in contradiction of binding precedents of the US Supreme Court, but it is the intent of the legislation to set the stage for the Supreme Court overturning current case law.

I would have preferred the legislation to include the exceptions for rape and incest, which has been my consistent view, and such exceptions would increase the chances for a review by the US Supreme Court.

abortionPA Images
Advert

In a statement, Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, described the bill as ‘politics at its very worst’:

At a time when people need economic relief and basic safety precautions, dismantling abortion access is cruel, dangerous, and blatantly unjust.

This law is scheduled to come into effect 91 days after the end of the Arkansas legislative session, a date currently set for May 3, as per Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert, one of the sponsors of the bill. However, the future of the law is far from certain.

Meagan Burrows, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project, has stated that the ACLU, the ACLU of Arkansas, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Great Plains intend to challenge the legislation in court.

Advert

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 between 12pm–2.30pm and 7pm– 9.30pm every day. Alternatively, you can contact Victim Support free on 08 08 16 89 111 available 24/7, every day of the year, including Christmas.

Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on their website or on their free helpline 0808 800 5005, open 9am–5pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 8am–8pm Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10am–2pm Saturdays.

Topics: News, Arkansas, Now

Credits

Arkansas State Legislature and 1 other
  1. Arkansas State Legislature

    SB6 - TO CREATE THE ARKANSAS UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT; TO ABOLISH ABORTION IN ARKANSAS AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF UNBORN CHILDREN; AND TO PROTECT ALL HUMAN LIFE.

  2. AP

    Arkansas governor signs near-total abortion ban into law

Julia Banim
More like this
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Film & TV

Stranger Things 4 Has Set An All-Time Streaming Record

an hour ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

News

6'9" Female Basketball Player Has To Sit In 'Very, Very, Very Tiny Cage' Every Time She Goes To Russian Court

a day ago