On Tuesday Sen. Jason Rapert (R – Conway) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) filed S.B. 13, the Arkansas Human Heartbeat and Human Life Civil Justice Act.
The bill enacts pro-life legislation in Arkansas that is very similar to the heartbeat law that Texas passed earlier this year.
Texas’ pro-life law has generally stopped abortion in that state.
S.B. 13 prohibits abortion in Arkansas, except to save the life of the mother.
If passed, the bill would let any Arkansas resident file a lawsuit against anyone who performs an abortion or who directly aids or abets an abortion.
News articles indicate that since abortion facilities in Texas closed, a growing number of women have travelled to Arkansas for abortions. Without S.B. 13, Arkansas could see more women cross state lines for abortions.
S.B. 13 is a good bill that will prevent abortion in Arkansas.