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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