On Saturday musician Jason Isbell used his platform at a Bentonville concert to promote an amendment that would write abortion into the Arkansas Constitution.

Arkansas law generally prohibits abortion except to save the life of the mother. The law also contains clear exceptions for ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage treatment, and other situations.

In a video posted online, Isbell described Arkansas’ “near total abortion ban” as “very bad and very dangerous,” and encouraged those who agree with him to sign the petition for the Arkansas Abortion Amendment of 2024.

Of course, it’s worth pointing out that abortion is very bad and very dangerous. Abortion takes the lives of unborn children, and it carries significant risks and consequences for women.

Right now a group is circulating petitions to place the abortion amendment on the November ballot.

If passed, the amendment would write abortion into the state constitution, allowing thousands of elective abortions in Arkansas every year.

The amendment does not contain any medical licensing or health and safety standards for abortion, and it automatically nullifies all state laws that conflict with the amendment. That jeopardizes even the most basic restrictions on abortion.

The amendment contains sweeping health exceptions that would permit abortion through all nine months of pregnancy in many cases.

The amendment also would pave the way for publicly funded abortion in Arkansas by changing Amendment 68 to the Arkansas Constitution that currently prohibits taxpayer funded abortion in the state.

To date, multiple organizations have come out against the amendment, including:

You can download a copy of the abortion amendment here.

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