This time, state Sen. Rapert didn’t get the extreme, anti-choice legislation he hoped for.
Arkansas may be on the verge of having some of the most restrictive reproductive health laws in the country, but the activists fighting those laws are just getting started.
Rally organizers Claudia Reynolds-LeBlanc and Donna Shade discuss how Arkansas citizens aren’t going to let anti-choice legislators take away reproductive rights without a fight.
When is a bill not really about “saving babies?” When it’s about paving a future run for office.
If the Arkansas legislature had a motto for its 2013 session, it would probably be “Want to have sex? Make babies.”
One part of the strategy of anti-choicers is to demonize women who have abortions portraying them as “fickle, foolish, or lazy.” So it was just a matter of time before the implicit argument of the Arkansas ban would be made explicit by a legislator defending the law.
Once an anti-choicer’s done all he can to ban abortion, his next logical move is to cut off birth control access.
The question now is whether the ban will go into effect in June, or if it is enjoined while the legal challenges occur.
The governor has used the same argument to veto the even more restrictive 12-week ban. Will the legislature override him anyway?
The GOP is highly concerned about fiscal responsibility, unless the money is being wasted defending unconstitutional abortion bans.