Arkansas Legislature Passes Bill to Prohibit Abortion if Roe Overturned

February 15, 2019 | Posted in Abortion | By

Yesterday the Arkansas Legislature passed S.B. 149 by Sen. Jason Rapert (R – Conway).

This good bill prohibits abortion in Arkansas if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court or by a federal constitutional amendment.

The bill received 72 votes in the Arkansas House of Representatives yesterday, and 29 votes in the Arkansas Senate last week.

Out of 135 state legislators, only 26 lawmakers voted against the bill; eight representatives in the Arkansas House did not vote one way or the other on the bill.

You can find out how your state representative and state senator voted by looking at the information below.

Arkansas House Votes

The Following Representatives Voted For the Bill:

  • Barker
  • Beck
  • Bentley
  • Berry
  • Boyd
  • Bragg
  • Breaux
  • Brown
  • Capp
  • Cavenaugh
  • Christiansen
  • Cloud
  • Coleman
  • C. Cooper
  • Cozart
  • Crawford
  • A. Davis
  • M. Davis
  • Deffenbaugh
  • Della Rosa
  • Dotson
  • Eaves
  • Eubanks
  • Evans
  • C. Fite
  • L. Fite
  • Fortner
  • Gates
  • Gazaway
  • Gonzales
  • M. Gray
  • Hawks
  • Hillman
  • G. Hodges
  • Hollowell
  • House
  • Jean
  • Jett
  • L. Johnson
  • Kelly
  • Ladyman
  • Lowery
  • Lundstrum
  • Lynch
  • Maddox
  • J. Mayberry
  • McCollum
  • McKenzie
  • McNair
  • S. Meeks
  • Miller
  • Payton
  • Penzo
  • Petty
  • Richey
  • Richmond
  • Rushing
  • Rye
  • Shepherd
  • Slape
  • B. Smith
  • S. Smith
  • Sorvillo
  • Speaks
  • Sullivan
  • Tosh
  • Vaught
  • Wardlaw
  • Watson
  • Wing
  • Womack
  • Wooten

The Following Representatives Voted Against the Bill:

  • F. Allen
  • Blake
  • Burch
  • Clowney
  • A. Collins
  • D. Douglas
  • D. Ferguson
  • K. Ferguson
  • V. Flowers
  • D. Garner
  • Glover
  • Godfrey
  • Love
  • Magie
  • McCullough
  • Murdock
  • Nicks
  • Scott
  • Walker
  • D. Whitaker

The Following Representatives Did Not Vote:

  • Dalby
  • Fielding
  • M. Hodges
  • Holcomb
  • Perry
  • Pilkington
  • Richardson
  • Warren

Senate Votes

The Following Senator Voted For the Bill:

  • B. Ballinger
  • Bledsoe
  • Caldwell
  • E. Cheatham
  • A. Clark
  • J. Cooper
  • B. Davis
  • J. Dismang
  • L. Eads
  • J. English
  • Flippo
  • T. Garner
  • K. Hammer
  • J. Hendren
  • Hester
  • Hickey
  • Hill
  • Irvin
  • B. Johnson
  • M. Johnson
  • Maloch
  • M. Pitsch
  • Rapert
  • Rice
  • B. Sample
  • G. Stubblefield
  • J. Sturch
  • Teague
  • D. Wallace

The Following Senators Voted Against the Bill:

  • Bond
  • L. Chesterfield
  • Elliott
  • S. Flowers
  • K. Ingram
  • G. Leding

Committee Passes Bill to Prohibit Public Funding of Research That Kills Unborn Children

February 14, 2019 | Posted in Abortion, Arkansas Capitol, Bioethics | By

Family Council staff member Charisse Dean (left) and Rep. Karilyn Brown (R – Sherwood) present H.B. 1399 in the House Public Health Committee.

This morning the Arkansas House Public Health Committee passed H.B. 1399 by Rep. Karilyn Brown (R – Sherwood).

This good, pro-life bill strengthens our state’s laws against human cloning. It prohibits public funding of human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.

In recent years we’ve seen examples of unethical companies using unborn children for scientific research. H.B. 1399 helps address that issue by ensuring taxpayer dollars won’t be used to create and kill unborn children in the name of science or medicine.

This is a good bill that Family Council supports. Unborn children are not lab material, and state tax dollars should not be used for research that treats them as such.

This good bill will go before the Arkansas House of Representatives, where it likely will be voted on sometime next week.

You can leave a message asking your state representative to support H.B. 1399 by calling the Arkansas House of Representatives during normal business hours at (501) 682-6211.

You can read H.B. 1399 here.

Bill Filed to Prohibit Abortion After 18 Weeks

February 14, 2019 | Posted in Abortion | By

Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R – Elm Springs) Sen. Jason Rapert (R – Conway)

This week Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R – Elm Springs) and Sen. Jason Rapert (R – Conway) filed H.B. 1439 prohibiting abortion in Arkansas after the eighteenth week of pregnancy unless the mother’s life or physical health is in serious jeopardy.

Currently Arkansas law prohibits abortion after the twentieth week of pregnancy.

Medical science increasingly shows unborn children can feel pain, and studies show time and again most Americans oppose late term abortion.

We also know abortion becomes more dangerous to the woman the later in pregnancy it is performed. H.B. 1439 protects women from dangerous abortion practices.

On average, approximately 200 children are aborted in Arkansas every year during or after the eighteenth week of pregnancy. If passed, H.B. 1439 will save hundreds of unborn babies from abortion.

H.B. 1439 is a good bill that Family Council strongly supports. You can leave a message asking your state representative to support H.B. 1439 by calling the Arkansas House of Representatives at (501) 682-6211.

You can read H.B. 1439 here.