Lawmakers in The Natural State will consider legislation to prepare for a post-Roe v. Wade era.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalized abortion in all 50 states. But with the two new justices appointed to the court by the Trump administration, and perhaps another conservative coming on board in the future, reversal of that 1973 decision is a prospect. If that were to happen, the states would then decide the issue. For that reason, Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert (R) has introduced to the state legislature the Human Life Protection Act to abolish abortion.
"The bottom line is it's time for the United States Supreme Court to address and correct the grave injustice and crime against humanity which has been perpetuated by the decisions that we are living under in Roe v. Wade, Doe vs. Bolton, and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey,” the senator declares.
So, his proposal would establish what is referred to as an abortion trigger bill.
"It states that at such moment that Roe v. Wade would be overturned, and also in our bill it says if a constitutional amendment is passed that gives the authority back to the states, then at that time abortion would be illegal in the State of Arkansas," Rapert explains.
Violation of that law would be punishable by ten years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The only exception would be for the life of the mother. Members from both houses of the legislature are already signing their support for the bill, so Rapert sees no problem in getting it passed.
Nearly 61 million preborn babies have been terminated since the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.