The line is open | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The line is open

Posted By on Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Enjoy the thaw. There's increasing chatter on weather websites of another big snow in Arkansas mid-week.

Elsewhere, not much to report. I do hope cooler Democratic heads will get together and begin framing the issue in which Republicans are trying to cram cruel anti-abortion legislation through the Arkansas legislature. They could begin by saying 1) how cold do you have to be to describe as a "poison pill" the amendment to Republican legislation to protect existing private health insurance coverage of abortion, including morning-after pills; 2) how cold do you have to be to say coverage of rape and incest and health of a pregnant woman is a "poison pill"; 3) how legally unaware or dishonest do you have to be to cover up the fact that courts say federal law pre-empts the Arkansas Constitution, no matter how badly the anti-choice crowd would like to restrict the medical autonomy of pregnant women.

To Gov. Mike Beebe's credit, he's done some useful explanation on the issue, as the Tolbert Report noted while otherwise following the Republican party line. Beebe on the Bledsoe bill:

What her bill actually does is restrict it in all cases except the life of the mother. There are a whole lot of folks that believe, including me, that rape and incest always would be something that would be more appropriate to be included in that. In other words, if you were the victim of rape or you were the victim of incest or if the health danger was bad enough, truly a health danger, then that is a circumstance under which any reasonable person might seek an abortion. Whether or not they amend it to include the rape and incest provisions, I wish they would do that. I think rape and incest would be appropriate inclusion in that.

Yes.

Tags: ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (36)

Showing 1-36 of 36

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-36 of 36

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Saturday's open line

    Got any thoughts? Put them here.
    • May 21, 2016

Most Shared

  • Conflicts of interest in the legislatures

    The Center for Public Integrity and the Associated Press collaborated for a project aimed at highlighting state legislators whose lawmaking might be affected by private business interests.
  • Industrial hemp pilot program coming soon to Arkansas

    One of the booths at this week's Ark-La-Tex Medical Cannabis Expo was hosted by the Arkansas Hemp Association, a trade group founded to promote and expand non-intoxicating industrial hemp as an agricultural crop in the state. AHA Vice President Jeremy Fisher said the first licenses to grow experimental plots of hemp in the state should be issued by the Arkansas State Plant Board next spring.
  • Cats and dogs

    I've always been leery of people who dislike animals. To my wife and me, a house without dog hair in the corners and a cat perched on the windowsill is as barren as a highway rest stop. We're down to three dogs and two cats, the smallest menagerie we've had for years.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Wildfire near Buffalo River contained

    • It is dry here, Doigotta, with steady 25 mph winds that are gusting in the…

    • on December 11, 2017
  • Re: The Medicaid charade explained

    • Hello I'm Cindy Nancy..i have been looking forward for a real and genuine loan company,Until…

    • on December 11, 2017
  • Re: The Medicaid charade explained

    • Urgent Affordable loan. search no more. contacting the right company for legitimate loan lender have…

    • on December 11, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation