Arkansas Enacts Good Laws Protecting Women, Unborn Children From Abortion Drugs

On Monday Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed two good, pro-life laws protecting women and unborn children from dangerous abortion-inducing drugs.

The first was H.B. 1572 — now Act 560 of of 2021.

This good law by Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R – Springdale) and Sen. Scott Flippo (R – Mountain Home) outlines the informed-consent process for chemical abortion. Arkansas’ current informed-consent laws for abortion are geared primarily for surgical abortion procedures. Act 560 will help ensure women get all the facts about chemical abortion — including its risks, consequences, and pro-life alternatives.

This will help women choose options besides abortion.

The second was H.B. 1402 — now Act 562 of 2021.

This good law by Rep. Sonia Barker (R – Smackover) and Sen. Blake Johnson (R – Corning) updates Arkansas’ restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs like RU-486. It outlines requirements that abortionists must follow in administering abortion-inducing drugs, and it prohibits abortion drugs from being delivered by mail in Arkansas. It also updates current law to ensure doctors who perform chemical abortions are credentialed to handle abortion complications and can transfer the woman to a hospital if she experiences complications.

This will help protect women and unborn children from abortion-inducing drugs.

In 2019 two out of five abortions performed in Arkansas were chemical abortions that used the RU-486 regimen.

With chemical abortion on the rise — and with the Biden Administration expected to relax the rules for RU-486 in the coming months — it’s more important than ever before that states make sure women get all the facts about abortion-inducing drugs and protect women and unborn children from these dangerous abortion methods.

Act 560 and Act 562 will protect women and help save unborn children from abortion. That’s something to celebrate.

Arkansas Senate Passes Bill That Will Help Protect Victims of Botched Abortions

Sen. Gilmore presents S.B. 527 to the Arkansas Senate.

On Monday the Arkansas Senate passed S.B. 527 by a vote of 28 to five.

This good bill by Sen. Ben Gilmore (R – Crossett) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) requires abortion facilities to have transfer agreements with hospitals, and it fixes a flawed definition in a pro-life law passed in 2019.

S.B. 527 is similar to a Kentucky law that survived a legal challenge.

This is a good bill that will help protect women who are victims of botched abortions. Abortion carries a number of serious risks — including risk of laceration, hemorrhaging, and death.

Legislation like S.B. 527 helps protect women in the event of complications from a dangerous abortion procedure.

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

Below is a breakdown of the vote on S.B. 527.

The Following Senators Voted FOR S.B. 527

  • B. Ballinger
  • Beckham
  • Bledsoe
  • Caldwell
  • A. Clark
  • B. Davis
  • J. Dismang
  • L. Eads
  • Flippo
  • T. Garner
  • Gilmore
  • K. Hammer
  • J. Hendren
  • Hester
  • Hickey
  • Hill
  • Irvin
  • M. Johnson
  • B. Johnson
  • M. Pitsch
  • Rapert
  • Rice
  • B. Sample
  • G. Stubblefield
  • J. Sturch
  • D. Sullivan
  • Teague
  • D. Wallace

The Following Senators Voted AGAINST S.B. 527

  • L. Chesterfield
  • Elliott
  • K. Ingram
  • G. Leding
  • C. Tucker

The Following Senator Did Not Vote

  • J. English

The Following Senator Was Excused From the Chamber

  • S. Flowers

Senate Committee Passes Bill Requiring Abortion Facilities to Maintain Transfer Agreements With Hospitals

Sen. Gilmore presents S.B. 527 in committee on Wednesday, March 31.

On Wednesday the Senate Public Health Committee passed S.B. 527.

This good bill by Sen. Ben Gilmore (R – Crossett) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) requires abortion facilities to have transfer agreements with hospitals, and it fixes a flawed definition in a pro-life law passed in 2019.

S.B. 527 is similar to a Kentucky law that survived a legal challenge.

This is a good bill that will help protect women from botched abortions.

Abortion carries a number of serious risks — including risk of laceration, hemorrhaging, and death.

Legislation like S.B. 527 helps protect women from dangerous abortion practices.

The bill now goes to the entire Arkansas Senate for consideration.

Read The Bill Here.