Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Arkansas Becomes 10th State to Ban Sex-Selection Abortions Targeting Girl Babies
Sponsored by state Rep. Charlie Collins, Arkansas House Bill 1434 would make it illegal for abortion practitioners to knowingly abort an unborn child solely because of the child’s sex.
“The bottom line is it’s just the right thing to do to have this in the law,” Collins said, previously.
The bill would require abortion practitioners to make a reasonable effort to obtain medical records and information related to the pregnancy to help determine if sex-selection is the reason for the abortion. Abortion practitioners who violate the legislation could face misdemeanor charges, fines and a license suspension or revocation, according to the report.
A top pro-life group hailed the governor.
“Arkansas’s governor and legislative leaders are to be commended for addressing the shocking problem of sex selection abortions which disproportionately target baby girls,” said Americans United for Life Vice President of Legal Affairs Denise Burke, following Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s approval of Arkansas House Bill 1434, the Sex Discrimination By Abortion Prohibition Act.
The new law is largely based on AUL model legislation and includes legislative findings about the impact of late-term abortions on maternal health. Sex selection abortions are typically performed later in pregnancy when abortions are indisputably much more dangerous for women.
Burke said Arkansas is now the 10th state to prohibit sex-selective abortions. Currently, seven of these protective laws are either fully or partially in effect. The Arkansas law is slated to go into effect on January 1, 2018. . . . read More
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