On Thursday the Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill to help keep pro-abortion groups out of public schools.

S.B. 466 by Sen. Jim Dotson (R – Bentonville) and Rep. Sonia Barker (R – Smackover) says that a public school or open-enrollment public charter school shall not knowingly enter into any type of transaction with an individual or entity that offers or provides abortion referrals.

Arkansas law already prevents schools from contracting with organizations that perform abortions.

Now that Arkansas generally prohibits abortion except to save the life of the mother, state law needs to clarify that public schools won’t contract with pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood that refer women to abortion facilities out of state.

S.B. 466 is a good bill that will help keep public schools from working with pro-abortion organizations in Arkansas.

The bill now goes to the Arkansas House of Representatives for consideration.

The Following Senators Voted For S.B. 466

  • Boyd
  • Bryant
  • Clark
  • Crowell
  • B. Davis
  • Dees
  • J. Dismang
  • J. Dotson
  • English
  • Flippo
  • Gilmore
  • K. Hammer
  • Hester
  • Hickey
  • Hill
  • Irvin
  • Johnson, B.
  • Johnson, M.
  • McKee
  • Payton
  • Penzo
  • Petty
  • Rice
  • Stone
  • Stubblefield
  • Sullivan
  • Wallace

The Following Senators Voted Against S.B. 466

  • Chesterfield
  • Flowers
  • Leding
  • Love
  • Murdock
  • Tucker

The Following Senators Did Not Vote

  • Caldwell
  • King