Arkansas House And Senate Pass Sex-Selection Abortion Ban Bill

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Both chambers of the Arkansas legislature passed a bill banning sex-selection abortion this week.

On Monday, the Arkansas Senate approved the legislation by an overwhelming 30-3 margin. On Wednesday, the House passed it 57-9. The bill now goes to pro-life Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk to sign into law.

The measure, sponsored by Republican Rep. Charlie Collins, would make prenatal sex discrimination abortion a crime.

If signed into law, the Arkansas bill would impose fines of up to $2,500 and one year in jail for abortionists who knowingly terminate a pregnancy for the sole reason of his or her gender. The legislation specifically states that the mother would not face any criminal or civil charges.

The bill requires an abortionist to ask the mother if she knows the sex of her pre-born and, if she does, to inform her that it is illegal to abort just because of the child’s gender.

American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas executive director Rita Sklar threatened to challenge the bill in court. “There is very good potential for litigation because of this burden on women obtaining abortions that they want for whatever reason,” she said.

Bill supporters say the Left’s “whatever reason is good enough to abort a child” rationale is an insult to human dignity, specifically the dignity and value of women.

Read more at: LifeSite