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Arkansas on the verge of passing two more pro-life bills

by | Mar 18, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

Additional pro-life bills keep coming down the pike in Arkansas, adding to an already impressive list of accomplishments on behalf of unborn children and the right of conscience.

On Wednesday, on a 76-15 vote, the House passed an informed consent measure that requires abortionists to tell a woman about to undergo a two-drug chemical abortion that she may be able to save her baby if she does not take the second drug. 

House Bill 1572, authored Rep. Robin Lundstrum, “also would require a 72-hour waiting period before the abortion,“ The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported. “According to the Department of Health, medication [chemical] abortions made up 41% of the abortions in the state in 2019.”

John Moritz reported that no one spoke against HB 1572.

HB 1572 has been sent to the state Senate.

NRLC’s State Legislative Department, which tracks all state legislation, says that  “Currently ten (10) states have enacted laws requiring this information to be provided.”

Additionally, on Monday, the House voted 72-20 in favor of the “Medical Ethics and Diversity Act,” the Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported. The measure had already passed the state Senate in February. The  bill “allows medical providers to refuse participation in acts that violate their conscience.”

“This bill provides a remedy for our medical care providers,” Rep. Brandt Smith, a co-sponsor of the bill, said. “It does not discriminate in any way.“

“The bill is supported by state surgeon general Greg Bledsoe,” according to the CNA

The bill now returns to the Senate to reconcile amendments.

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