LITTLE ROCK – The ACLU of Arkansas issued the following statement regarding Governor Asa Huthinson’s latest executive order, which requires patients to be tested for COVID-19 48 hours before obtaining a medical procedure. 

“While we are still reviewing the governor's latest order, given the widespread unavailability of testing, we have serious concerns that it will continue to act as a ban on abortion care,” said Holly Dickson, ACLU of Arkansas interim executive director and legal director. “Arkansas is the only state in the nation that is barring a pregnant person from getting an abortion even if their time to do so is about to expire. Forcing people to stay pregnant and have a child against their will is always unconscionable and unconstitutional. But doing so now, when people are already struggling just to keep their families safe and to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads – is just unimaginable.”