I'll be frank with you: abortion access is under fire at the state capitol.
This week, Sen. Jason Rapert (Conway) filed legislation that would make abortion a felony punishable by ten years in prison if Roe v. Wade is overturned. It's just another in a long series of anti-choice, anti-woman bills we can expect to see this legislative session. Between this bill and the continuing debate about SB 2 and SB 3, it's clear that the legislature has their targets set on making women's health care less accessible.
It's going to be another busy week under the dome, and I need you to show your support for Planned Parenthood's mission. It won't be easy, but we can stop this legislation if we all work together to stand up for what is right. Will you stand with me?
Arkansas Manager of Public Policy & Organizing
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes
We expect SB 2 and SB 3 to be heard on Wednesday, with SB 149 getting its hearing sometime later this month. We'll be livetweeting Senate Public Health Committee meetings on Twitter — so you can follow along with us there. You can also stream the meetings as they happen.
SB 2 would stand in the way of a woman exercising her right to an abortion in the case of a diagnosis of fetal Down syndrome, while doing nothing to address discrimination or ensure that people living with disabilities have access to health care and other services they may need.
SB 3 is another unconstitutional effort by anti-choice politicians to end abortion in Arkansas. This bill attempts to intimidate abortion providers by demanding extensive, unnecessary reporting requirements at the risk of losing their license.
SB 149 would trigger an abortion ban in the state if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Doctors who perform abortions would face up to ten years in prison, with a limited exception for maternal health.
Millions of Women Already Live in a Post-Roe America, The Intercept
A journey through the anti-abortion south, including visits to the Fayetteville Planned Parenthood health center, Little Rock Family Planning, and the Arkansas State Capitol.
“Instead, lawmakers in a number of states have pushed back against medication abortion, attempting to saddle providers with restrictions that they claim are necessary to protect women against its alleged harms. Nowhere have they done so more aggressively than in Arkansas.”
Save the date for these upcoming events.
February 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. — PPGPV Arkansas Lobby Day at Christ Church and the Capitol
March 14, 6-8 p.m. — The Bash fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Great Plains at Fayetteville Town Center
May 1, 6-8 p.m. — Garden Party fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Great Plains in Little Rock
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