By Dave Andrusko
Having passed overwhelmingly in both the House and Senate, a bill to ban sex-selective abortions was sent yesterday to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
The anti-gendercide bill is already law in Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota, according to Ingrid Duran, NRLC’s Director of State Legislation.
“In a 57-9 vote, the House concurred in a Senate amendment to House Bill 1434 by Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville,” reported John Lyon of the Arkansas News. “The vote gave final legislative passage to the bill, which previously passed in both chambers by large margins” .
The bill passed the Senate Monday on a 30-3 vote after having passed the House on February 14 by a similarly overwhelming 79-3 margin.
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.
“Arkansas is on the right path to preventing prenatal discrimination on the basis of the baby’s sex,” Duran told NRL News Today. That lethal discrimination represents “a real war on unborn baby girls.”
Opponents, including the ACLU, argue the law is unconstitutional.
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.
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.
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