Legislation Would Add Exception for Incest to State Pro-Life Laws

H.B. 1670 by Rep. Ashley Hudson (D – Little Rock) would create an exception for abortion in cases of incest in Arkansas.

As we have said before, there was a lot of discussion in 2019 and 2021 about putting exceptions for rape and incest in Arkansas’ pro-life laws.

Rape and incest are evil.

A woman who is the victim of rape or incest is a victim in every sense of the word.

Only about 2%–5% of all abortions are performed because of rape of incest. In light of that, it’s easy for some elected officials to justify abortion in these situations.

But there are serious problems with permitting abortion in cases of rape or incest.

First, the unborn baby is totally innocent.

An unborn boy or girl has no control over how he or she was conceived.

These are living human beings.

It is not right to kill an unborn baby because the baby’s father was a rapist or committed incest.

Second, abortion does not heal the harm that rape or incest cause.

Abortion doesn’t heal the wounds that rape or incest leave behind.

Abortion takes the life of an unborn baby, and it carries serious risks for the woman.

Abortion is not a quick fix. Its consequences are very serious.

That is why Family Council opposes H.B. 1670.

You Can Read H.B. 1670 Here.

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Bill Filed to Expand Law Concerning Pro-Life Cities, Counties in Arkansas

On Thursday lawmakers filed a bill to help expand Pro-Life political subdivisions in Arkansas.

S.B. 446 by Sen. Josh Bryant (R – Rogers) and Rep. Kendon Underwood (R – Cave Springs) builds on Arkansas’ law that lets cities and counties pass Pro-Life resolutions.

Act 392 of 2021 by Rep. Kendon Underwood (R – Cave Springs) and Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch) affirms that cities and counties can designate themselves as Pro-Life. To date, nearly half of all Arkansans live in a Pro-Life City or Pro-Life County.

S.B. 446 expands this 2021 law so that any political subdivision of the state can declare itself to be Pro-Life — not just a city or a county.

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has reversed Roe v. Wade and abortion is generally prohibited in Arkansas, citizens and their elected officials need to establish exactly where they stand when it comes to protecting innocent human life.

S.B. 446 is a good bill that will help communities do exactly that.

You Can Read S.B. 446 Here.

Good Bill Would Establish Adoption Education Curriculum in Public Schools

A good measure filed at the Arkansas Capitol would help public school students learn about adoption and foster care.

S.B. 384 by Sen. David Wallace (R – Leachville) requires public schools to provide at least one hour of education regarding adoption awareness to students in grades 9-12.

This will help educate high school students about adoption and foster care in Arkansas.

The education provided under S.B. 384 must include:

  • The benefits of adoption to society
  • The types of adoption available
  • The difference between adoption through the foster care system and private adoption
  • The reasons adoption is preferable to abortion
  • Public and private resources and agencies available to assist in the adoption process
  • Statistical data on abortion, adoption, and childbirth
  • Public and private resources available for pregnant mothers and parents enrolled in a public school
  • A description of child and human development.

Promoting adoption and foster care is good for children and families, and it is one way that Arkansans can reduce the demand for abortion.

S.B. 384 is a good bill that will help do that.