Hotline bill to provide pregnant women with information about resources on its way to Arkansas Governor, sponsor estimates it could reduce abortions by a third

By Dave Andrusko

Living up to its reputation as one of the most pro-life states, the Arkansas Senate joined the state House in approving “Every Mom Matters Act.” The favorable vote on “EMMA” was overwhelming—28 -5—and HB 1195 now is on its way to the desk of pro-life Gov. Asa Hutchinson

HB 1195 passed in the House on Monday by an equally lopsided vote—75-13. All Democrats voted either no or “present.”

According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, “The sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Jim Dotson, R-Bentonville, said it was estimated the bill would reduce abortions by up to a third by making sure every woman obtaining an abortion in Arkansas knows about both the resources public and private available to her.’” Statistics from the Health Department concluded there were 2,963 abortions performed in the state in 2019.

Under provisions of House Bill 1195, the state Department of Health would be required “to set up the hotline to provide information on available medical, welfare and private assistance programs. Dotson said women could fulfill the requirement with a five-minute call.”

Last week, Rose Mimms, executive director of Arkansas Right to Life, testified  in support of EMMA before the House Public Health Committee where it passed with unanimous consent.

“So many pregnant women seeking abortion do so only because they feel they have no support or help to meet their needs,” Mimms told NRL News Today. “EMMA will provide information about available  resources whatever their needs if they choose to accept it and choose life.”

Mimms noted that “The chairman of the House Committee compared it to a natural disaster that we knew was coming and that we would do all we could to save lives.” 

She added, “This law will save lives.”