Rapert will introduce anti-abortion 'trigger' law, despite public opinion to the contrary | Arkansas Blog

Monday, January 21, 2019

Rapert will introduce anti-abortion 'trigger' law, despite public opinion to the contrary

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 9:35 AM

click to enlarge 'TRIGGER' MAN: Jason Rapert.
  • 'TRIGGER' MAN: Jason Rapert.

Sen. Jason Rapert
has announced on Facebook his plans to file this week a so-called trigger law — like those passed in four other states — that would make abortion illegal in Arkansas immediately if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

No mention in the post of any exceptions or how Rapert views, for example, the morning-after pill to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex (including rape).

The Arkansas Constitution already mandates that it is state policy to  “protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth, to the extent permitted by the Federal Constitution.” (No explicit protection is provided after birth.) The 1988 amendment passed narrowly on the strength of its main working part, preventing the expenditure of public money on abortions.

Not that it's likely to influence  Rapert or many of his colleagues in the legislature, but this was the 2018 poll finding by the University of Arkansas on further restricting abortion in Arkansas (already one of the most restrictive states in the country.)

Abortion: 38 percent favor laws that would make it more difficult; 20 percent favor laws that would make it easier; 36 percent favor no change
The simple arithmetic: 56 percent want no change in or less restrictive abortion laws.

Tags: , , , , ,


Favorite

Comments (15)

Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Is Arkansas in or out on Kobach voter data effort?

    The Washington Post has published a map that counts Arkansas as among states that will "partially comply" with a sweeping request for voter data by the so-called election integrity commission set up by Donald Trump in an effort to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's 3 million-vote popular defeat of him in 2016.
    • Jul 2, 2017
  • Greenbrier's paddling of student protester goes worldwide

    The paddling of Greenbrier High School students who joined in te national school walkout Wednesday has produced headlines worldwide.
    • Mar 17, 2018
  • Rep. Mary Bentley's website now supports gay rights

    Somebody has cybersquatted on Republican Rep. Mary Bentley's website, replacing her messaging with a call for equal rights for LGBTQ people.
    • Jul 18, 2017

Slideshows

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation