On Monday the Arkansas Senate passed S.B. 527 by a vote of 28 to five.
This good bill by Sen. Ben Gilmore (R – Crossett) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) requires abortion facilities to have transfer agreements with hospitals, and it fixes a flawed definition in a pro-life law passed in 2019.
S.B. 527 is similar to a Kentucky law that survived a legal challenge.
This is a good bill that will help protect women who are victims of botched abortions. Abortion carries a number of serious risks — including risk of laceration, hemorrhaging, and death.
Legislation like S.B. 527 helps protect women in the event of complications from a dangerous abortion procedure.
The bill now goes to the Arkansas House of Representatives for consideration.
Below is a breakdown of the vote on S.B. 527.
The Following Senators Voted FOR S.B. 527
- B. Ballinger
- A. Clark
- B. Davis
- J. Dismang
- L. Eads
- T. Garner
- K. Hammer
- J. Hendren
- M. Johnson
- B. Johnson
- M. Pitsch
- B. Sample
- G. Stubblefield
- J. Sturch
- D. Sullivan
- D. Wallace
The Following Senators Voted AGAINST S.B. 527
- L. Chesterfield
- K. Ingram
- G. Leding
- C. Tucker
The Following Senator Did Not Vote
- J. English
The Following Senator Was Excused From the Chamber
- S. Flowers