Two Pro-Life bills pass Arkansas House of Representatives

By Dave Andrusko

Arkansas State Rep. Andy Mayberry

Arkansas State Rep. Andy Mayberry

It was a good, a very good afternoon for pro-lifers in Arkansas’s House of Representatives. Both of the bills passed built on successes in other states.

By an overwhelming 75-20 margin, the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Law, which is already on the books in seven states. Under the proposed law, abortions could not be performed on unborn babies capable of experiencing pain—at 20 weeks.

Before lawmakers voted, Rep. Andy Mayberry (R-Hensley) said, “If our constituents cannot trust us, their elected representatives, to defend the most basic and essential of human rights, that of life, how can they possibly trust us to have the wisdom and discernment to make appropriate decisions regarding all of the other daily issues that face us?”

Likewise, 20 states have already taken advantage of the “opt-out” provision in ObamaCare. Under the proposal passed in the Arkansas House today, offered by Rep. Butch Wilkins (D-Bono), insurers participating in the federal health exchanges established under ObamaCare would be barred from covering abortions, except in the case of rape, incest, and the life of the mother. Coverage for abortions would be available through separate supplemental policies.

“Arkansas is one step closer to protecting pain-capable unborn children from abortion and preventing the money Arkansans spend to pay for insurance premiums from being used to pay for abortion coverage,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, who directs NRLC’s Department of State Legislation. “Now it is on the state Senate where pro-lifers will continue to work hard for passage of both bills.”

Both measures are now headed to the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee.