Last week Rep. Jimmy Gazaway (R – Paragould) filed H.B. 1324.
This good bill helps pregnant women access substance abuse programs in Arkansas.
Substance abuse can cause serious harm to unborn children.
Pregnant women with substance abuse problems may be tempted to seek an abortion rather than risk prosecution for drug use.
H.B. 1324 gives pregnant women priority access when seeking help with substance abuse, and it prevents substance abuse and recovery programs funded by Medicaid from turning a woman away solely because she is pregnant.
This bill helps protect women’s health. It would protect unborn children, and it would address one of the potential contributors to the demand for abortion in Arkansas.