Last week, announcements were posted on pro-life social media pages indicating that canvassers for the Arkansas Abortion Amendment may intend to target 23 specific counties with what some have referred to as “super signing weekends” in the final stages of their petition drive.

Arkansans for Limited Government has until July 5 to collect 90,704 valid petition signatures to place the Arkansas Abortion Amendment on the ballot. To date, much of the group’s canvassing efforts have been focused on central and northwest Arkansas.

The group is believed to be focusing on these 23 counties during the final weeks of its petition drive:

  • Arkansas
  • Ashley
  • Calhoun
  • Chicot
  • Cleveland
  • Columbia
  • Dallas
  • Drew
  • Hempstead
  • Howard
  • Jackson
  • Lafayette
  • Lee
  • Lincoln
  • Little River
  • Logan
  • Monroe
  • Nevada
  • Ouachita
  • Phillips
  • Scott
  • Sevier
  • Woodruff

If passed, the Arkansas Abortion 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.

The measure prevents the Arkansas Legislature from restricting abortion during the first five months of pregnancy, and it automatically nullifies all state laws that conflict with the amendment. That jeopardizes even the most basic health and safety restrictions on abortion.

The amendment’s health exceptions would permit abortion through all nine months of pregnancy in many cases.

It 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:

  • Arkansas Right to Life
  • Family Council Action Committee
  • Choose Life Arkansas
  • NWA Coalition for Life
  • The Arkansas Committee For Ethics Policy
  • The Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
  • Saline Decline to Sign
  • Stronger Arkansas
  • Stop Abortion On Demand
  • Students for Life of America

You can download a copy of the Arkansas Abortion Amendment here.

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