Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed one of the batch of anti-abortion bills this session, the one to prevent doctors watch a woman by webcame while she takes a pill that, in a few days in combination with other pills, might induce a miscarriage in the first eight weeks of pregnancy.
Republican opposition scuttled a planned House vote on a 20-week abortion ban. This was a ban that all the male Republicans in Arkansas were saying confidently at last Sunday's anti-abortion march would be passed this week.
While Republican politicians join the annual antiabortion march today, Republicans in other states have cautioned against alienating young voters by obsession with moral issues. And it's also a good time to clear up some misinformation about pharmaceutical abortions, targeted in the latest anti-woman legislation in Arkansas.
The state of Arkansas has filed its appeal of Judge Susan Webber Wright's finding that the 2013 law prohibiting most abortions after 12 weeks' gestation is unconstitutional. You wonder how McDaniel and his staff sleep at night filing this kind of balderdash.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, you may remember, was a co-sponsor of the "Life at Conception Act," a so-called personhood measure which would give full constitutional rights to each "preborn human person" at the "moment of fertilization. In addition to being a frontal assault on Roe v. Wade, the bill (likely unconstitutional) could ban certain forms of birth control such as IUDs or the morning-after pill. The Washington Post's Greg Sargent speculates that Democratic Senate candidates may try to make this a wedge issue to help them appeal to women:
Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright today completed the job she'd started with an earlier injunction: She struck down the 2013 law that prohibited most abortions beginning with the 12th week of pregnancy.
The United States Supreme Court today declined to review a lower court decision that invalidated Arizona's state law prohibiting most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, far in advance of when a fetus can live outside the womb.
The Republicans think they have a winner in their old political warhorse, abortion. Check out their advertising above in the special election next week in Jonesboro for state Senate, featuring the Jon Hubbard-loving teabagger Republican, John Cooper, against mainstream businessman, Steve Rockwell, for the Democrats.
A divided Supreme Court yesterday allowed Texas to continue enforcing laws restricting abortion. The case is still on appeal at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and will likely end up back at the Supreme Court once a ruling has been made there.
The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to review an Oklahoma state court decision that invalidated an Oklahoma law requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound test performed and be shown an image of the fetus.
A federal district court in Texas has struck down that state's restrictive abortion law. It required all abortions to be peformed at surgical facilties, required doctors to have admitting priviThe law, one of the strictest in the nation, banned abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and required doctors to perform all abortion in surgical facilities starting next October.
Plaintiffs' lawyers made their case today to continue to trial with the civil suit over then-Judge Mike Maggio's reduction of a $5.2 million jury verdict in a nursing home negligence case to $1 million, a reduction he said he made in return for campaign contributions from the nursing home's owner.
Attorneys for the businessman argue that his cash payments to a former deputy director of DHS, Steven Jones, did not constitute corruption. They say prosecutors cannot prove the money was given in exchange for any particular "official act" from Jones.
Donald Trump is right. There was a time when America was great and it didn't pussyfoot around to avoid offending people who thought they were victimized by discrimination. It was, let's see, the period after World War II, when everyone prospered and America was kicking butts, at home and abroad, and Arkansas's leaders were at the center of it.
We are receiving 200-pounds of large heirloom tomatoes Friday morning from Times publisher and farmer Alan Leveritt. We have dark, brick red Carbons, Goldies (large, high acid golden tomatoes) and Annis Noire, a delicious French heirloom that is green with red marbling when ripe.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has issued a news release about freeway expansion with relevance in Little Rock. It's about wasting money to widen freeways that only create more congestion. Sound familiar?
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is announcing she will not participate in any decisions made on the federal investigation of use of a private e-mail server by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.
The state's performance on the ACT college entrance test was released today and, in the words of the Education Department, "held steady." In short, the state didn't improve noticeably and scores still lagged behind the national average. In none of four categories did a majority of students demonstrate college readiness.
Our news partner KARK is reporting, quoting a local newspaper, that a Heber Springs couple were killed in a shooting in their print shop, though Heber Springs police have not yet confirmed that both are dead.