Arkansas House Passes Abortion Ban Trigger Bill

Arkansas House Passes Abortion Ban Trigger Bill February 14, 2019

In a 72-20 vote the Arkansas House voted today on a bill that will almost totally ban abortion in the state in the event the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

Arkansas Senate Passed Abortion Bill Last Week

As we reported last week this bill, SB149 passed the Arkansas Senate last week, spearheaded by State Senator Jason Rapert. The story struggled to gain media attention, having been overshadowed by Rapert’s dust up with a heavy metal band flier.

Arkansas Times reports the bill only had one Republican House member oppose the bill, saying that id didn’t provide exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or in instances of severe fetal deformity.

“When it hits your own family it takes on a totally different meaning,” said Rep. Dan Douglas, noting his personal experiences with a niece who had to face such a decision. “There’s something called humanity and stopping suffering. This bill goes too far.”

“Who are we to sit in judgment of their decision, or their God above!” Douglas added.

Planned Parenthood of Great Plains Arkansas Tweeted Coverage of the Deliberation and Vote

SB149, if enacted by the overturning of Roe, would also ban any method of birth control administered after the point at which a pregnancy can be scientifically detected. The law makes providing an abortion, except in emergency situations to save the life of the mother, a felony punishable by a fine up to $100,000 and a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

The bill will now be returned to the state Senate, and then go to the Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s desk for his signature.

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  • Let me guess: that bill is not accompanied by State-funded measures to help those families that cannot afford to maintain a child.

    Bunch of hypocrites.

  • “Personal responsibility! If they can’t afford to have a chronically ill child they shouldn’t have had one in the first place.”

    I’m sure the legislators will send lots of thoughts and prayers to the families effected.

  • WallofSleep

    “The story struggled to gain media attention, having been overshadowed by Rapert’s dust up with a heavy metal band flier.”

    Yup, you called it, Jack.

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/infernal/2019/02/rapert-distracts-from-anti-abortion-bill-with-metal-band-flyer/

  • Zasz

    The law makes providing an abortion, except in emergency situations to save the life of the mother, a felony punishable by a fine up to $100,000 and a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

    A punishment harsher than what the christian pedophiles have to face. Shows how much christians really care about women or life in general. its only worth saving when its their own. Everyone else can fuck off and die.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    After all, if the little sluts did not want to get raped , what the fuck were they doing in that church. SMH I give up on these assholes.

  • Jim Jones

    The legislature reflects the stupidity of the electorate.

  • phatkhat

    Indeed. And I hate living here with a burning passion. Somehow, we need to get out, but when you are elderly and not rich, it’s hard.

  • Jim Jones

    Ecuador is nice and cheap for Americans. I hear.

  • phatkhat

    Nah. I hate snakes, and there are too many of them in Central America. Hubs spent some time in Honduras, and I don’t think it would be very enjoyable. I’d like to go back to Europe, sigh. Spent 15 years in Germany.

  • Jim Jones

    Ecuador is north of Peru, in South America. I hear the mountain areas are pleasantly cool year round and that probably helps with snakes.

    New Zealand & Ireland are snake free.

  • phatkhat

    You are correct. I was thinking of El Salvador. 😉 Duh. At this point in time, though, I’m not sure anyplace south of the border is safe for Americans.

    New Zealand doesn’t want retirees – we checked. Ireland probably doesn’t either. I’ve read that if your grandparents were Irish immigrants you can get in, but I think it is too many generations back for me. Maybe great or great-greats. Ireland may be a tad conservative for my taste – all the Catholics and their super religiosity. The Continent is kinder to atheists.

    We are thinking about moving to New England. The taxes are awful, but the people are Bluer and less religious. Sometimes I think if I see one more jacked-up, coal-rolling pickup plastered in rebel flags I will go insane.

  • Raging Bee

    Are you sure? Given how some US elections have gone, I’d take a look at that state’s voter turnout and voter-suppression policies before making such a judgment.

  • Jim Jones

    There are enough votes to let the criminals get into power.

    Trump lost by 3 million votes.