The United States of America (CNN) Arkansas became the first state in 2021 to pass a near-total abortion ban, a bold move by abortion advocates looking to revive objections to the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized the practice nationwide in 1973.
Arkansas’ Governor Passes A Partial Abortion Ban
The court has indicated that it is willing to accept abortion limits, a perceived opportunity that many anti-abortion activists have lobbied politicians to seek. Arkansas does not encourage abortions and prohibits them. They only allow it when there is a life or death situation during a medical emergency. Any person who breaks the rule will be fined up to $100000 and sentenced to jail for ten years.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, said in a tweet, “I will sign SB6 because of overwhelming bipartisan support and my genuine and long-held pro-life beliefs.” “SB6 contradicts the United States Supreme Court’s binding precedents, but the bill’s purpose is to set the way for the Supreme Court to override current case law.”
According to Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert, who introduced the Senate resolution, the abortion ban will go into effect 91 days after the Arkansas legislative session’s conclusion, which is officially scheduled for May 3.
However, the law’s future is uncertain. The ACLU, the ACLU of Arkansas, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Planned Parenthood Great Plains expect to appeal the legislation, according to Meagan Burrows, a staff attorney for the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.
At the beginning of 2019, none of the 11 so-called gestational bans (which prohibit abortions after a particular stage of pregnancy) has gone into effect, with most of them being blocked by judges. Alabama introduced a similar near-total abortion ban in 2019, and Arkansas passed an 18-week abortion ban in 2019.
“There are about 20 measures in front of the Supreme Court that they might take up if they wanted to, and writing a bill that is essentially a demand letter to the Supreme Court is simply inefficient and a waste of time and taxpayer money.” Gloria Pedro, regional manager of public affairs and planning for Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes in Arkansas and Oklahoma pointed her opinion.
Supporters of the bill see it as a critical step forward on the subject that represents the opinions of those in their state, and they are excited about the prospect of a legal battle that might overturn Roe v. Wade.
“We expect it to be contested,” Rapert said, adding that the bill’s principles would force the court to answer to “a vast, widespread public outcry on the subject.”Several abortion laws are also in place in Arkansas. To obtain an abortion, women must request a 72-hour notice in person from their doctors, which must provide updates about maternal and neonatal treatment and child welfare programs.
Except in kidnapping, incest, or life-threatening or another extreme physical endangerment to the pregnant mother, abortions after 20 weeks are already prohibited in the state. According to Rose Mimms, executive director of Arkansas Right to Life, the law is a “next move forward” for the state. Last month, South Carolina’s governor signed another broad abortion ban into law, but a federal judge immediately overturned it due to Planned Parenthood’s legal challenge. Alabama passed a near-total abortion ban in 2019, but the courts have blocked it.