Legislation has been passed by the Arkansas House and the Senate which would require medical providers to notify in writing women receiving an abortion through drug inducement that the procedure can be halted in the beginning stages.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson will now review the measure and potentially sign it into law. If the legislation passes, it will make Arkansas the fourth state with such legislation. Arkansas would join ranks with Idaho, South Dakota, and Utah.
The measure follows the passage of the Abortion Ban ‘Trigger’ law which was signed into law earlier in the legislative session. The Abortion Ban ‘Trigger’ law would mandate that abortions are illegal if Roe v. Wade should be overturned the Supreme Court of the United States.
Also during this legislative session, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an 18-week abortion ban into effect. After 18 weeks of pregnancy, a woman would be banned from seeking an abortion in Arkansas. The bill excludes cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas has stated that they will be suing the state over the unconstitutionality of such a ban.