On Wednesday, the Arkansas Legislature approved legislation to ban nearly all abortions. However, the governor, Asa Hutchinson, has shown reservations about signing it.
“The majority-Republican House voted 75-18 for the bill, which bans all abortions except those to save the life of the mother in a medical emergency. The bill, which passed the Senate last month, does not include any exceptions for rape or incest,” according to Fox News.
In at least 13 other states, outright abortion bans have been proposed to force a case on the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion-on-demand.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mary Bentley, said, “It’s time for this decision to be overturned in the Supreme Court.”
The National Right to Life Committee has reportedly not taken a position on the bill, though its state affiliate and other anti-abortion groups in Arkansas are behind the pro-life measure.
“It’s pro-life legislation, and I support pro-life legislation,” Hutchinson said shortly before the House vote. He reportedly has five days, not including Sunday, after the bill reaches his desk to sign it or reject it before it becomes law without his signature.