Arkansas Passes Near-Total Ban on Abortion – New Law Says Abortion is ‘Crime Against Humanity’

By Quinn Weimer | March 10, 2021 | 4:46pm EST
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R).   (Getty Images)
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R). (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- Abortion is a “crime against humanity,” according the Unborn Child Protection Act (SB6), which was signed into law by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday.

“SB6 is a pro-life bill that prohibits abortion in all cases except to save the life of the mother in a medical emergency,” said the governor. “It does not include exceptions for rape and incest.”

"I will sign SB6 because of overwhelming legislative support and my sincere and long-held pro-life convictions,” said Hutchinson. “SB6 is in contradiction of binding precedents of the U.S. Supreme Court, but it is the intent of the legislation to set the stage for the Supreme Court overturning current case law.”

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“I would have preferred the legislation to include the exceptions for rape and incest, which has been my consistent view,” he added, “and such exceptions would increase the chances for a review by the U.S. Supreme Court.” 

Ending the life of an unborn child is now illegal in the state, barring instances when the life of the mother is in danger in a medical emergency. The new law defines “medical emergency” as follows, “a condition in which an abortion is necessary to preserve the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.”

A bust portrait of Dred Scott (1795?-1858), the slave who in 1848 sued for his freedom based on his residence in a territory where slavery had been banned by the Missouri Compromise. The case went to the Supreme Court, which decided in 1857 that the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional and that blacks had no rights under American law. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
A bust portrait of Dred Scott (1795?-1858), the slave who in 1848 sued for his freedom based on his residence in a territory where slavery had been banned by the Missouri Compromise. The case went to the Supreme Court, which decided in 1857 that the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional and that blacks had no rights under American law. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

“It is time for the United States Supreme Court to redress and correct the grave injustice and the crime against humanity which is being perpetuated by its decisions in Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey,” reads the legislation. “The United States Supreme Court committed a grave injustice and a crime against humanity in the Dred Scott decision by denying personhood to a class of human beings, African-Americans.”

“A crime against humanity occurs when a government withdraws legal protection from a class of human beings, resulting in severe deprivation of their rights, up to and including death,” states the bill.

The new law defines “unborn child” as an “individual organism of the species Homo sapiens from fertilization until live birth.”  It further says, “New scientific advances have demonstrated since 1973 that life begins at the moment of conception and that the child in a woman's womb is a human being.”

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In the interest of women, the text notes that, “Scientific evidence and personal testimonies document the massive harm that abortion causes to women.”

Pro-life organizations have commended Governor Hutchinson for signing the Unborn Child Protection Act.

 Students for Life tweeted, "Arkansas Gov. @AsaHutchinson has signed the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act. The measure bans nearly all abortions, except those that save the life of the mother."

Life News offered a tweet stating, "BREAKING: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a bill that bill ban abortions, protecting women and unborn children."

Critics, such as the pro-abortion organization NARAL, tweeted out against the new law,

The founder and CEO of Trust Women, Julie A. Burkhart, another pro-abortion advocate, said the “Arkansas and Oklahoma bills passed yesterday signal a coming public health crisis.”

Today, March 10, is “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day,” an annual day of celebration of abortionists that started in 1996.

Among those celebrating the day are Catholics for Choice, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States.

 

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