By Dave Andrusko
And now there are eight. When Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed House Bill 1434 yesterday, Arkansas joined Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota in having laws on the books that ban sex-selective abortions.
HB1434 passed by overwhelming margins in both the state House and state Senate.
The measure requires the abortionist to ask the woman if she knows the sex of the child. “If she does, the doctor must let her know that it’s illegal to have an abortion based solely on gender,” the Associated Press reported. There is fine up to $2,500 and one year in jail for abortionists who knowingly abort a baby for the sole reason of his or her gender. Consistent with all pro-life legislation. the mother would not face any criminal or civil charges.
“There is no room in American for lethal prenatal discrimination based on the baby’s sex,” Duran told NRL News Today. Gendercide represents “a real war on unborn baby girls.”
Pro-abortionists argue the law imposes an undue burden on a woman’s right to abortion. The ACLU has already said it plans to challenge HB1434 which takes effect in 2018.
Some pro-abortion feminists uneasily support sex-selection abortion; after all, in virtually all cases, the baby who is aborted is female.
But others, such as Sarah Ditum, make light of the incongruity of feminists supporting abortion because an unborn child is not a boy.
In a column written for the Guardian Ditum begins
When you talk about being pro-choice, sex selective abortion is often slung at you as the triumphant gotcha. “You love women so much you want them to be in charge of what grows inside their bodies, but what about the women who are aborted, have a go at answering that? ZING!”
But the pro-abortion “answer is actually remarkably simple,” Ditum writes (actually, it is remarkable incoherent but…)
[A]s far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter why any woman wants to end her pregnancy. …
Ultimately, if you believe strongly that girls have as much right to be born as boys, then you should also believe that women have the right to decide what happens within the bounds of their own bodies.
Arkansas has been very busy, passing pro-life legislation, with more on the way. Most recently, NRL News Today reported on passage of the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. The law, which passed the Senate 25-6 and the House 78-10, bans the grotesque practice of dismemberment abortions. Gov. Hutchinson signed HB 1032 into law
In addition, Arkansas has passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; a law requiring a 48-hour period of reflection for abortion-minded women; a measure requiring abortionists to be in the same room as the pregnant woman when she receives chemical abortifacients (so-called webcam abortions are premised around just the opposite), to name just a few.