Arkansas Monitor - March 26

Arkansas Monitor - March 26

Dear supporter,

This is the worst attack we’ve seen all session.

So far this year, we’ve gone to bat against a total ban on abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly. We fought a bill banning abortion after 18 weeks. We spoke out against legislation that forces physicians to tell their patients to search the internet for an untested medical procedure, so-called abortion "reversal."

Despite our best efforts, all of those bills have become law. And, unfortunately, the hits keep on coming.

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Arkansas Monitor - March 11

Arkansas Monitor - March 11

Dear supporter,

It's going to be an interesting week in the Arkansas General Assembly.

Today, the Senate is likely to consider a bill to ban abortions after 18 weeks. On Thursday, the House Public Health Committee will consider the medication abortion "reversal" misinformation bill. This is dangerous legislation that would force physicians to tell patients to "search...on the internet" a procedure that leading medical organizations reject.

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Arkansas Monitor - March 5

Arkansas Monitor - March 5

Dear supporter,

They're trying to do it in secret because they know what they're doing is wrong.

Last Wednesday, the Senate Public Health Committee called a surprise meeting in the afternoon. With barely a quorum and few people in the room, Sen. Irvin passed SB 341, her medication abortion "reversal" misinformation bill. There is no scientific or medical evidence that proves that reversing a medication abortion is possible or even safe for women. Regardless, Sen. Irvin's bill was placed on the Senate calendar late the next day and considered at an especially early session of the Senate. There were less than 18 hours between its hearing in committee and passing the Senate.

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Arkansas Monitor - Feb. 18

Arkansas Monitor - Feb. 18

Dear supporter,

On Thursday, the Arkansas legislature voted to ban virtually all abortions if Roe is overturned — with no exceptions in the case of rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomaly. 

In addition to this attack on abortion rights, three new bills were filed to restrict women's access to abortion. We're losing under the dome, and things aren't going to get better any time soon without the voices of supporters like you. Our team is working hard on pushing back against more than half a dozen anti-choice bills, but we need your help if we're going to make a serious impact.

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Arkansas Monitor - Feb. 11

Arkansas Monitor - Feb. 11

Dear supporter,

We lost the first battle, but we haven't lost the war.

The trouble started on Wednesday during committee consideration of SB 149, Sen. Jason Rapert's bill to completely ban abortion in the event that Roe is overturned. As the meeting progressed, it became clear that none of the men in the room had any idea how basic contraception works. Despite expressing their concerns and one senator admitting he was violating a campaign pledge by supporting legislation to ban abortion even in the case of rape and incest, the bill passed unanimously on a voice vote.

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Arkansas Monitor - Feb. 4

Arkansas Monitor - Feb. 4

Dear supporter,

I'll be honest with you, I didn't see it coming.

When I sat down Wednesday in the Senate Committee on Public Health, I expected the all-Republican committee to forward SB 3 (unnecessary reporting requirements for abortion providers) to the full Senate. You can watch the recorded hearing online.

Then, something happened. One senator asked about the fiscal impacts of the bill...and then another. Then, a group of medical students presented a letter signed by more than fifty of their classmates opposing the proposed legislation.

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Arkansas Monitor - Jan. 28

Arkansas Monitor - Jan. 28

Dear supporter,

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.

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Arkansas Monitor - Jan. 21

Arkansas Monitor - Jan. 21

Dear supporter,

First, let me introduce myself. I’m Gloria, the Arkansas lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes. I was raised in Jacksonville, AR as the second of three children. I earned my undergraduate degree in social justice and political science at Lyon College and a master’s in social justice and human rights from Prescott College.

I am so excited to be working for an organization I love and using my passion for social justice to advocate on behalf of health care access for the people of Arkansas. I look forward to bringing you this weekly update, an insider’s view of the legislature, how its work will affect Planned Parenthood’s mission, and what you can do about it.

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