Arkansas passes near-total abortion ban to protect pre-born children

By Jonathon Van Maren

While the Biden administration introduces a raft of pro-abortion policies at the federal level, pro-life state legislators have continued to pass anti-abortions laws. Fourteen states have seen lawmakers propose sweeping abortion bans across the United States in 2021, and on March 9, Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson signed a near total-ban on abortions, much to the fury of abortion activists and industry workers. To abortion activists, protecting innocent children in the womb constitutes an attack on human rights.

Unlike many abortion bans, the Arkansas law does not allow for abortion in the case of rape or incest, and only permits the procedure to save the life of the mother. Hutchinson had previously expressed concern that the bill did not have enough exceptions in it, but eventually decided to sign it — one of several he has signed since taking office nearly six years ago — because of the law’s “overwhelming legislative support and my sincere and long-held pro-life convictions.”

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