Late yesterday the Arkansas House passed a good, pro-life bill.
S.B. 569 by Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R-Branch) prevents the state from awarding grants to abortion-providers or their affiliates.
The bill passed, with 70 representatives voting for it; 8 voting against; 21 not voting; and one representative voting “Present.”
You may recall that abortion-providers in Arkansas have received grants in the past to conduct various activities and even applied to be “navigators” under Obamacare. Many consider this to be an indirect funding of abortion. By giving abortion-providers public dollars to pay staff, cover overhead, and conduct various activities, it makes it that much easier for them to keep performing abortions.
S.B. 569 stops this indirect funding of abortion in Arkansas. It keeps your tax dollars and mine from going to these groups and their affiliates, and it keeps our state out of the abortion business.
The bill now goes to Governor Hutchinson to be signed into law.