The ACLU protects everyone's right to make informed decisions free from government interference about whether and when to become a parent.
Right now, some Arkansas politicians are launching another attack against our basic rights. The Texas state legislature stripped the right to abortion away from millions of people by passing SB8, and now some politicians want to replicate the bill here in Arkansas. SB8 copycat legislation would ban abortion after just six weeks -- long before many people even know they're pregnant. Combined with the state-imposed 72-hour waiting period, this bill would make it almost impossible to get an abortion in Arkansas. Their goal is clear: Forcing pregnant Arkansans to carry pregnancies against their will. We cannot let this happen.
We've already seen the devastating impacts SB8 has had in Texas. Thousands have been forced to travel hundreds of miles to access the reproductive care they need, and countless others are being forced to carry pregnancies against their will.
We cannot let this become our new reality in Arkansas. Everyone should have a right to make personal decisions without political interference. An SB8 copycat abortion bill is unconstitutional, and it is wrong for Arkansas. It would hurt all of us.
We can't win this fight without your help. Here are three things you can do right now to support abortion access in Arkansas
1. Call your legislator and tell them to keep their bans off our bodies [House: 501-682-6211; Senate: 501-682-2902]
2. Send a message to Arkansas politicians and tell them to stop attacking our civil rights
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Check out the facts below to learn more about the dangerous impact SB8 copycat legislation could have on our state.
- A SB8 copycat law would ban abortion after just six weeks -- long before many people even know they're pregnant. Combined with the state-imposed 72-hour waiting period, this bill would make it almost impossible to get an abortion in Arkansas.
- The goal of this legislation is clear: Forcing pregnant Arkansans to carry pregnancies against their will. We cannot let this happen.
- Policies that restrict reproductive health care go against our values and are bad for business. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, implementing existing bans in Arkansas would cost our state $1.2 billion per year.
- Eighty percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal, according to a recent Gallup survey, and SB8 copycat legislation does not have support from the majority of Arkansans.
- In a recent survey, 66% of job seekers said SB8 would discourage them from taking a job in Texas, and 63% said they would not apply for jobs in states with similar laws. Nearly half said they would consider moving out-of-state if their state passed a law like SB8.
- Forcing Arkansans to carry pregnancies to term is especially dangerous in a state with one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the country.
- Black Arkansans, in addition to Latinx people with low incomes, will be hit the hardest by being forced to carry a pregnancy to term. Black women disproportionately suffer from the severe maternal mortality crisis in Arkansas and are twice as likely as white women to die during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth.
- Our civil rights are under attack. Please fight back to ensure everyone can exercise their rights to make personal decisions without political interference.