The latest news on limiting women's (and others) medical rights | Arkansas Blog

Monday, November 21, 2016

The latest news on limiting women's (and others) medical rights

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 3:07 PM

The Family Council has announced its legislative plans for anti-abortion and other anti-medical autonomy legislation.

In short, the abortion measures are aimed at a de facto, if not de jure abortion ban. For example, an end to pharmaceutical abortion — the pill regimen that prompts miscarriage in the earliest weeks of pregnancy — would be prohibited after the seventh week of pregnancy. This could occur after some women become aware of pregnancies.

The anti-woman game plan, full of scare propaganda and more:

Prohibit abortion based on the baby’s sex.

Prohibit chemical abortions after the seventh week of pregnancy.

Enhance penalties against abortion doctors who violate the state’s informed-consent laws.

Ensure abortion clinics are inspected and the Health Department shuts down clinics that fail inspection.

Close loopholes in the law letting doctors from out-of-state perform abortions in Arkansas.

Ensure Christian doctors, nurses, and pharmacists cannot be forced to participate in abortions.

Ensure Arkansas’ Medicaid programs do not pay for abortifacients or abortion coverage. (They don't now, unless they are angling to prevent use of some long-term contraceptives that some claim, erroneously, act as abortion rather than contraception.)

Oppose euthanasia and assisted-suicide in Arkansas.

Continue promoting pregnancy care centers and adoption to help women choose not to have an abortion. (In other words, apply emotional pressure to women while denying them full access to medical services.)

Understand that extending ability to medical providers to refuse to participate in abortions could doom a woman in the name of a fetus, perhaps one with little survival outside the womb.

Given the status of women with the ruling Republican Party, little opposition can be expected to most of this, save perhaps a rare medical voice injecting some science to the discussion. As ever, the courts likely will be the last resort for protection of medical rights of women.

Tags: ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Your daily dose of Jason Rapert

    Sen. Jason Rapert really, really didn't like it when a KATV reporter asked him about the hypocrisy of his political arguments.
    • Feb 4, 2017
  • Little Rock school activists announce events for 60th anniversary of Central High crisis

    The group is not affiliated with the official "Reflections of Progress" commemoration of the 60th anniversary. However, at least two of the Little Rock Nine may be joining the group for an event at 2:30 p.m. at the state Capitol in the Old Supreme Court Chamber.
    • Sep 14, 2017
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation