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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bans, a measure whose supporters hope will force the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 ruling punishing the measure.
Under Senate Bill 6Therefore, abortion is only permitted in cases where it is necessary to save or preserve the life of the fetus or the mother. The law does not allow any exceptions in cases of rape or incest – a line that anti-abortion activists and lawmakers have championed in the past.
The procedure or attempted abortion is a felony not classified under the procedure. Anyone convicted under the law could face a fine of up to $ 100,000 or face jail time.
Supporters of the measure expect the law to be challenged by abortion rights activists. The future is uncertain, as similar attempts to restrict access to abortion services have failed in Ohio, Georgia and Alabama in the past two years after federal courts overturned local laws.
But that doesn’t matter, according to Hutchinson. On Tuesday, he said the aim of the legislation was to refer the abortion conflict to the Supreme Court.
“The Sixth Subsidiary Body is inconsistent with the binding precedents of the US Supreme Court, but the intention of the legislation is to pave the way for the Supreme Court to annul the current case law,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “I would have preferred that the legislation include exceptions for rape and incest, which is my consistent opinion, and such exceptions would increase the chances of a review by the US Supreme Court.”
Republican legislators across the country I was encouraged By affirming Judge Amy Connie Barrett last year before the Supreme Court. Lawmakers in Texas and Tennessee have also pushed for new restrictions on abortion, believing that the conservative majority in the nation’s highest court will invalidate the historic abortion decision. Ru vs. wade.
But abortion rights activists are keen to fight in court, too.
Holly Dickson, executive director of the Arkansas Civil Liberties Union She said, “Abortion is legal in all 50 states, including Arkansas, and we will fight as long as it takes to keep it that way. Governor Hutchinson: We’ll see you in court.”