A bill to “abolish abortion in Arkansas” has been filed by Sen. Jason Rapert (R – Bigelow). The bill has 37 Co-Sponsors. The “Arkansas Human Life Protection Act” stated in its finding that “it is time for the United State Supreme Court to redress and correct the grave injustice and the crime against humanity which is being perpetuated by their decisions in Roe v. Wade . . . ”
The law would not go into effect unless and until The U.S. Supreme Court overrules, in whole or in part, Roe v. Wade OR an amendment to the U.S. Constitution is adopted that, in whole or in part, restores to the state of Arkansas the authority to prohibit abortion.
The findings state that “scientific advances have demonstrated since 1973 that life begins at the moment of conception and the child in a woman’s womb is a human being.” The bill says that “The state of Arkansas urgently pleads with the United States Supreme Court to do the right thing . . . and reverse, cancel, overturn, and annul Roe v. Wade . . . ”
“It is the intent that abortion in Arkansas is abolished and protect the lives of unborn children.” Abortion would not be defined if the act is performed with the purpose to save the life or preserve the health of the unborn child, remove a dead unborn child caused by spontaneous abortion, or remove an ectopic pregnancy.
The new law would ban purposefully performing or attempt to perform an abortion except in a medical emergency. The punishment would be an unclassified felony with a fine not to exceed $100,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 10 years.
It would be a affirmative defense to prosecution under the law if a licensed physician provides medical treatment to a pregnant woman which results in the accidental or unintentional injury or death to the unborn child.
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