Arkansas Law Becoming More & More Anti-Choice, Anti-Women Rights

First, I am extremely pro-choice. Foolish people can say abortion is murder, they can say it is morally wrong, they can say whatever they want. Ladies, don’t listen to their lies. Until they’ve walked in someone else shoes they have no right to judge. Abortion’s save lives; the lives of MOTHER’S. There are many reasons I support abortion. For example, I am against adoption for my own personal reasons which I will write about one day, but people should have the right to make the choice for adoption, but if they, like me, can’t or do not want to chose adoption, abortion should be just as easily available to save the WOMAN’S life. Abortion isn’t an easy choice to make, no. But that does not mean it is the WRONG choice. Actually, sometimes the right choice is the HARDEST choice to make. But strong women make it and go through it, while being harassed by insane right wing…. anyway on to the news!

Yesterday, March 6th, the state legislature in Arkansas overrode the governor’s veto on a so called “fetal heartbeat” abortion bill. This makes Arkansas the state with the most strict laws against abortion in America.This anti-choice, anti-woman law makes it illegal to have an abortion after 12 weeks.

“If the State is interested in protecting fetal life after viability, it may go so far as to proscribe abortion during that period, except when it is necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother,” reads the milestone decision in Roe V Wade, 1973.

The Governor of Arkansas, Mike Beebe, had previously vetoed this bill earlier in the week because, as he said,

“(it) blatantly contradicts the United Sates Constitution.”

(Click here for a link to open in a new tab regarding the above.)

The only bit of positive news in all of this is neither pro-choice groups, the ACLU and so forth, nor so called “pro-life” groups believe this law will stay on the books.

And as Steven Hsieh, a writer for Alternet.org, truthfully states:

Whether the law survives or not, the anti-choice bill highlights how far social conservatives will go to roll back 40 years of progress in health care and women’s rights. As Think Progress Tara Culp-Ressler points out, there’s absolutely no scientific basis for the “Human Heartbeat Protection Act.” Culp-Ressler writes, “Heartbeat measures are simply a dangerous attempt to redefine the medical terms of pregnancy and roll back women’s right to abortion on a state level.”

Worse yet, the Arkansas legislature initially proposed something even more primitive, banning all abortions at six weeks of pregnancy. Bill sponsor Senator Jason Rapert (R) raised the bar to 12 weeks fearing public outcry, especially considering that detecting heartbeat so early requires intrusive, trans-vaginal ultrasounds.

“It’s time to take a stand,” said Rapert, who,  The New York Times reports, “compared the more than 50 million abortions in the United States since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide.”

This isn’t the first extremist crusade championed by Rapert. As Salon’s Katie McDonough reports, a video captured at a 2011 Tea Party rally shows the state senator assuring an audience that he “won’t allow minorities run roughshod over what you people believe in!” In the same rally, Rapert criticized President Obama for inviting Muslims to the White House to have “a little Ramadan supper.”

The “Human Heartbeat Protection Act” is set to go into effect 90 days after the Arkansas legislature adjourns next month.

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