February 28, 2017 | Posted in Abortion | By

Late yesterday the Arkansas Senate passed H.B. 1428 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R-Elm Springs) and Sen. Scott Flippo (R-Bull Shoals).

This bill cleans up Arkansas’ abortion laws. It is similar to a good, pro-life bill Sen. Flippo sponsored in 2015.

It gives the Health Department the power to immediately close any clinic that fails a health inspection, and clarifies that abortion clinics must be inspected at least annually.

Laws like this one literally help states close abortion clinics. That’s a good thing.

The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Below is a breakdown of the senate vote on H.B. 1428.

Voted FOR H.B. 1428 (28 Senators)

Bledsoe Caldwell E. Cheatham A. Clark Collins-Smith J. Cooper
J. Dismang L. Eads J. English Files Flippo T. Garner
J. Hendren Hester Hickey J. Hutchinson Irvin B. Johnson
B. King Maloch Rapert Rice B. Sample D. Sanders
Standridge Teague D. Wallace E. Williams

Voted AGAINST H.B. 1428 (5 Senators)

Bond L. Chesterfield Elliott S. Flowers U. Lindsey

Did Not Vote (2 Senators)

K. Ingram G. Stubblefield

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.