H.B. 1670 by Rep. Ashley Hudson (D – Little Rock) would create an exception for abortion in cases of incest in Arkansas.
As we have said before, there was a lot of discussion in 2019 and 2021 about putting exceptions for rape and incest in Arkansas’ pro-life laws.
Rape and incest are evil.
A woman who is the victim of rape or incest is a victim in every sense of the word.
Only about 2%–5% of all abortions are performed because of rape of incest. In light of that, it’s easy for some elected officials to justify abortion in these situations.
But there are serious problems with permitting abortion in cases of rape or incest.
First, the unborn baby is totally innocent.
An unborn boy or girl has no control over how he or she was conceived.
These are living human beings.
It is not right to kill an unborn baby because the baby’s father was a rapist or committed incest.
Second, abortion does not heal the harm that rape or incest cause.
Abortion doesn’t heal the wounds that rape or incest leave behind.
Abortion takes the life of an unborn baby, and it carries serious risks for the woman.
Abortion is not a quick fix. Its consequences are very serious.
That is why Family Council opposes H.B. 1670.
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