Arkansas passes anti-abortion bill

Conservatives with balls, something we don’t have in the United Kingdom.

Instead our “Conservative” party introduce laws to allow abortion pills to be sent to women and even allowing ‘exemptions’ (not in law) should they have the termination outside the legal limit.

It’s easy to make the argument against abortion even with mentioning God or religion (link to the video).

Full article from the Times below…

The state of Arkansas passed a sweeping law yesterday enacting a near-total ban on abortion, in a move that campaigners hope will force the Supreme Court to revisit its landmark Roe v Wade ruling.

The bill, which is known as SB6, bans healthcare providers from performing abortions except in order “to save the life of the mother in a medical emergency”, and makes no provision for cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormality. Those who break the law face a fine of up to $100,000 or ten years in prison.

Asa Hutchinson, the Republican governor of the state, said that he was signing the bill into law “because of overwhelming legislative support and my sincere and long-held pro-life convictions”.

Hutchinson has signed numerous restrictions on abortion into law since becoming governor in 2015, but expressed concern about the latest bill. “SB6 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,” he said.

“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.”

Arkansas is now one of at least 14 states to have proposed outright bans on abortion this year. The Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v Wade ruling legalised abortion nationwide.

Opponents of abortion believe that they have a stronger chance of revoking the law due to the 6-3 conservative majority on the court in the wake of Donald Trump’s three nominees during his presidency.

However, as the Arkansas legislature considered the bill, Hutchinson read a letter written by an attorney for the anti-abortion organisation National Right to Life, which said that the chances of the bill leading to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade were “very small and remote”.

The legislation will not take effect until 90 days after the majority-Republican legislature adjourns this year’s session in the summer, and abortion rights activists have said they plan to challenge the legislation in court before it is implemented.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas described the ban as “cruel and unconstitutional”.

“Governor Hutchinson, we’ll see you in court,” Holly Dickson, the ACLU of Arkansas executive director, said.

Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said: “This is 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.”

Jason Rapert, a Republican senator in Arkansas who sponsored the bill, said: “We must abolish abortion in this nation just as we abolished slavery in the 19th century — all lives matter.”

Of the 11 bans passed across the US since 2019, which have barred abortions past a certain point in pregnancy, none has gone into effect as most have been blocked by judges. These included a near-total ban on abortions in Alabama and a ban past 18 weeks in Arkansas.

“The Supreme Court has about 20 bills in front of them that they could take up if they wanted to,” Gloria Pedro, a regional manager of public policy at Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes, told CNN. “So writing a bill that’s equivalent of a demand letter to [the Supreme Court], it’s just impractical and a waste of time and taxpayer’s money.”