In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade and let states enact their own abortion policies, the Biden Administration has released statements and taken actions that underscore the importance of Arkansas’ existing pro-life laws.
A recent fact sheet from the Biden Administration indicated that President Biden wants to expand access to the RU-486 abortion drug and expressed continued support for delivering abortion drugs by mail in America.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland also released a statement in support of RU-486.
Right now abortion is illegal in Arkansas except to save the life of the mother. That law applies to chemical abortions as well as surgical abortions.
However, the Biden Administration appears to be looking for ways to help abortionists circumvent state pro-life laws.
The president also seems to be taking steps to discourage states from enforcing anti-abortion laws.
All of this underscores the importance of pro-life legislation that Arkansas has passed to restrict and prohibit abortion-inducing drugs.
In particular, Act 562 of 2021 by Rep. Sonia Barker (R – Smackover) and Sen. Blake Johnson (R – Corning) updates Arkansas’ restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs like RU-486, and it prohibits abortion drugs from being delivered by mail in Arkansas.
That means that even if the Biden Administration makes it easier for abortionists to deliver RU-486 to women, it will still be illegal for them to mail, ship, or deliver abortion drugs in Arkansas.
RU-486 takes the life of an unborn baby — but it also is dangerous for women.
Official reports from the state Health Department show there were at least 23 complications reported from women who took abortion drugs in Arkansas last year.
Laws like Act 562 are just one example of the type of pro-life legislation that Arkansas will need to uphold now that Roe v. Wade has finally been reversed.
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