Today the Arkansas Senate Judiciary Committee passed two really good, pro-life bills.
The first bill was S.B. 148 by Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R-Branch) protecting babies who survive an abortion from being denied medical treatment or nourishment.
We have heard many horror stories from other states over the years about babies who survive abortion being left to die or denied medical treatment. This bill requires abortionists to call 911 if a baby is born during an abortion, and it requires medical professionals to provide nourishment and medical care to any baby who survives an abortion. You can read S.B. 148 here.
The second bill was S.B. 340 by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R-Little Rock) banning “wrongful birth” lawsuits.
In other states parents of children born with Down Syndrome and similar conditions have sued doctors and hospitals, claiming that the child should have been aborted. In some cases, couples have collected millions of dollars in these lawsuits.
Currently, Arkansas has no law regarding “wrongful birth” lawsuits, but state court decisions seem to permit them in certain circumstances.
Human life is sacred. No one should be able to file a lawsuit claiming another person should have been killed.
S.B. 340 is a good, pro-life bill that affirms the sanctity of human life. You can read S.B. 340 here.
From here, S.B. 148 and S.B. 340 go to the entire Arkansas Senate for a vote.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.