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.
“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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