Arkansas bill pushes to ban abortion in Down syndrome cases

Arkansas already has several laws restricting abortion, including a statute that prohibits abortions after 18 weeks, except in a medical emergency.

Karen Musick, a board member at the Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice, a grassroots organization, says the climate in Arkansas surrounding abortion makes it harder for women who are already struggling with the decision to abort an unborn child.

“The bill has nothing to do with the value of people living with Down syndrome. It does not improve access to care or assist with the massive financial and structural costs needed to raise a child with special needs,” the group said in a statement.

The group said it isn’t prepared to take legal action against the bill if it passes and is signed in to law. “There are far too many [bills] to focus on,” Musick said.
Sen. Garner, a Republican, says he feels confident that the bill will pass in the House and be signed into law by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
The House committee on public health, welfare and labor will take testimony on bill next week Wednesday.

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