ARKANSAS (March 9, 2021)—today Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law SB6 . “The bill is a pro-life bill that prohibits abortions in all cases except to save the life of the mother in a medical emergency.” But the bill does not include exceptions for rape and inces.
Governor “I will sign SB6 because of overwhelming legislative support and my sincere and long-held pro-life convictions. SB6 is in contradiction of binding precedents of the U.S. 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 U.S. Supreme Court.”
The ACLU of Arkansas has called the bill a move by Arkansas Republicans to undermine the Constitution, and retweeted a post from the ACLU saying they were “ready to take Arkansas to court- again.”
Arkansas is one of 14 states where legislators have proposed outright abortion bans this year, according to the Associated Press.
Holly Dickson, ACLU of Arkansas executive director released a statement in opposition of SB6:
“Once again, Arkansas politicians have made it their business to dictate people’s personal medical decisions, violate their personal autonomy, and block them from care. This extreme abortion ban is cruel and unconstitutional and it will have accomplished nothing but cause stress for patients, while ignoring the pressing challenges Arkansans face. Abortion is legal in all 50 states, including Arkansas, and we’ll fight as long as it takes to keep it that way. Governor Hutchinson: we’ll see you in court.”
Source: AP News wrote original article.