Arkansas House Republicans vote to punish women and doctors for legal abortion access
The United States House of Representatives today passed two bills aimed at protecting women seeking abortions.
All four Arkansas congressmen – French Hill, Bruce Westerman, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack – voted no.
A bill would codify abortion rights that existed under Roe v. Wade. Another would prohibit punishing a woman or child who decides to travel to another state to have an abortion. It clarifies that doctors cannot be punished for providing reproductive care outside their country of origin.
Arkansas congressmen have signaled support for punishing women and doctors for lawsuits in another state.
The bills are unlikely to pass the Senate, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hopes to craft an abortion access bill with a chance of passage by the Senate. It is unlikely that she can make mreausre than the senses. John Boozman and Tom Cotton would support.