This session Arkansans can expect a flurry of bills threatening reproductive rights, privacy, and women's health.
Ban on abortion after 20 weeks. Representative Andy Mayberry (R) has vowed to introduce legislation similar to Nebraska's "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." The law would make it illegal for any women to have an abortion after 20 weeks, even in cases where her health is in danger.
Telemedicine abortion ban. Anti-choice advocates have said they are working to introduce a bill that would prohibit using Arkansas' telemedicine network to provide medication abortions. This law unfairly targets rural women, who may in the future rely on telemedicine to access safe and legal abortion care.
Onerous clinic regulation. We also expect a bill that will require all abortion providers to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers. This bill is NOT designed to protect the health and safety of patients, but rather to drive abortion providers out of business, as they will not be able to pay for the facilities required for compliance. If passed, this law would make abortion nonexistent in the state.