Court date nears on abortion legislation; church guns advance | Arkansas Blog

Monday, February 4, 2013

Court date nears on abortion legislation; church guns advance

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

The Arkansas House today voted 75-20 in favor of a ban on abortions in or after the 20th week of pregnancy, a prohibition supposedly justified by the contested theory of pain caused to the fetus. Similar bills have been adopted and challenged in court in other states. A lawsuit is likely here if the Senate approves the House bill, which it is expected to do.

No exception for rape and incest, only to save the life of a woman or to "avert serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman, not including psychological or emotional conditions."

The House also voted 77-15 for the bill to ban coverage of abortions in federally created health insurance exchanges. The state, in other words, is injecting itself in private payments to a private business.


ALSO, A WORD ABOUT GUNS AND CHURCH:

The bill to allow guns in church (at the church's discretion) passed the House 85-8. It will go back to the Senate to add sponsors, then go to the governor for his signature. The elite eight: C. Armstrong, Hodges, Julian, Love, Murdock, Sabin, H. Wilkins, Word.

I think a bill that leaves it up to guesswork of a visitor on whether guns are allowed on premises is a shoddily written piece of legislation that will present future legal problems. But, then, I think an overabundance of guns presents problems more than it solves and the research tends to back it up.

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