Arkansas governor who signed state-level abortion ban says he’s against a nationwide ban

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (right) – who has backed a near absolute ban on abortions in his own state –Told ABC on Sunday reportedly opposes a nationwide ban on abortion, arguing the idea goes against the principle of state self-determination, as some Republicans say they could push for federal restrictions on abortion. Abortion If Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade this year.

Highlights

Hutchinson said This week host Martha Raddatz, he supports the overturning of Roe v. Wade so that abortion policy decisions could be left to the states, and a nationwide ban would be “inconsistent with what we’ve been fighting for for decades.”

Arkansas is one of 13 states with “trigger laws” that would immediately ban abortion in almost all cases if the Supreme Court decides to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade, who ruled that a woman’s right to an abortion is constitutionally protected.

The Arkansas law, which Hutchinson signed in 2021, makes attempted abortion a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, except to save the life of a child. a pregnant woman in the event of a “medical emergency”.

Although the law targets abortion providers, it does not allow charges to be brought against women who undergo or attempt to undergo the procedure.

The law does not include exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, but Hutchinson told ABC he supports revising the law to include those exceptions, and he expects that that the subject quickly becomes a matter of debate if Roe v. Wade was canceled.

Key Context

On Monday, Politico released a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion reflecting a vote to overturn both Roe v. Wade and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, which mostly upheld Roe but said states can ban abortions of viable fetuses unless the health of the mother is at risk. In the leaked draft, which Chief Justice John Roberts says is genuine but does not necessarily reflect the court’s final position, conservative Justice Samuel Alito wrote that Roe v. Wade was ill-motivated and fostered divisiveness and corruption. conflict around the issue of abortion, and the said States can decide for themselves whether or not to authorize the procedure. Some Republican lawmakers and anti-abortion groups are working on a nationwide ban on most abortions that could pass if Roe v. Wade is overruled during the current Supreme Court session and Republicans regain control of Congress after the November midterms, the Washington Post reported Monday. Several days after the draft High Court decision was leaked, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told USA Today that if the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade, local and national abortion bans were “possible”. However, McConnell said he would not support dropping the filibuster rule – which effectively requires 60 votes to pass a bill in the Senate – in order to pass an abortion ban.

To monitor

Supreme Court revisits Roe v. Wade in a case involving a Mississippi law that sought to ban all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court is expected to rule on the matter by the end of its current session, which is expected to end in late June or early July.

Tangent

Over the past 15 years, support for abortion rights has grown widely among Democrats while remaining quite unpopular among Republicans. From 2007 to 2022, the proportion of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who supported keeping abortion legal in all or most cases rose from 63% to 80%, while the share of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents fell from 39% to 38%, according to a Pew Research Center poll. Pew found in a March survey that 61% of all American adults think abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 37% think it should be illegal in all or most cases. .

Contra

While Arkansas and 12 other states created trigger laws to ban abortion immediately if Roe v. Wade is overturned, other states have passed laws to maintain some of the abortion rights currently guaranteed nationally. Sixteen states have laws protecting the right to abortion, including four states that protect the right to abortion throughout pregnancy, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights research group.

Additional reasoning

“Supreme Court Could Soon Overrule Roe V. Wade—Here Are the States Offering Abortion Protections If It Does” (Forbes)

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