Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas signed SB 6 into law this past Tuesday, prohibiting most abortions except those which directly save the life of the mother.
He described the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection act as “a pro-life bill” to prevent abortions in every case except those which would “save… the mother in a medical emergency.”
The bill does not offer exceptions for instances of rape or incest, which the governor said in a statement that he “would have preferred.” He also stated that “the intent of the legislation [is] to set the stage for the Supreme Court,” in hopes that the now conservative heavy SCOTUS will overturn Roe v. Wade.
The ACLU and Planned Parenthood immediately vented their anger and frustration on Twitter.
Today’s decision by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to sign SB 6 into law goes against what the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld: Every person has a constitutionally protected right to access abortion care, including from trusted medical providers here in Arkansas. pic.twitter.com/2Ml38c0uIv
— Planned Parenthood (@PPGreatPlains) March 9, 2021
Isn’t it chilling? When states stand up to save lives, these bloodthirsty groups declare they are suing to ensure that killing through abortion continues. I cannot trust any group that devalues human lives like the @ACLU @ArkansasACLU https://t.co/5ZYq5ANbYC
— Jason Rapert (@jasonrapert) March 10, 2021
Arkansas now joins more than a dozen states which have introduced similar legislation that could result in a review of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court.