Arkansas Law Cruelly Puts Women’s Fate In The Hands Of Rapists

Arkansas has enacted some pretty cruel abortion rules, and many groups are gearing up for a court battle to fight them.

These laws require women to notify the father of their fetus before they can get an abortion. This could require a woman to notify her rapist before she can abort his baby.

Talcott Camp, the deputy director of the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, said:

“A doctor can’t perform an abortion, or miscarriage management, without making a ‘reasonable effort’ to contact the ‘father’ of the fetal tissue. First of all, a woman may not want that person to know anything about her intimate medical information.”

This law could also delay care for women if the father of the fetus or a “grandparent” blocks the abortions.

The ACLU has filed a challenge against this law. Other groups are gearing up to challenge these laws as well. Hillary Schneller, a staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, said:

“With this package of laws, we’re definitely seeing a new, creative and especially cruel attempt by Arkansas to make abortion more difficult, if not impossible for women to access — and to stigmatize and demean them in the meantime.”

Another new law pretty much phases out dilation and evacuation (D&E) procedures, which basically outlaws second trimester abortion. State Rep. Andy Mayberry, who sponsored the bill, told NBC News:

“What we’re trying to do here is prevent one particularly gruesome, barbaric procedure from taking place.”

These laws are cruel and unnecessary. Requiring a woman to notify her rapist and allowing her rapist to block abortions is insane.

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