As some of you may have heard, yesterday, Arkansas passed what is widely considered to be the most severe abortion ban that has been seen thus far. In Arkansas, a woman can no longer seek an abortion after a physician is able to detect the fetus’ heartbeat…at just 12 weeks! It has been reported that the ACLU will fight this ban as unconstitutional, but it remains disturbing nonetheless. Arkansas lawmakers apparently have no idea of the complexities and nuances behind a woman making this decision and seem only to care about limiting a woman’s power, freedom, and agency for her right to necessary health-care.
This decision also comes only about a week after Arkansas passed a 20-week ban on all abortions except for cases of rape, incest or where the mother’s life is concerned. More data coming in from the state that, though not many abortions happen after 20 weeks of gestation, more than 1 out of 10 abortions happen at about 14 weeks, which is past the new 12 week mark. Both laws are in constitutional violation of Roe v. Wade, so, hopefully, these invasive and destructive laws will be overturned before they can harm too many Arkansas families.