Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes works everyday in Arkansas to promote and defend our values. We envision a just society where every person deserves access to the highest quality sexual and reproductive health care. Watch this space for more information and opportunities to get involved throughout session in Arkansas.
Updates from the Capitol
Access to Abortion
In Arkansas, a woman must wait a mandatory 48 hours before her abortion procedure. Before her waiting period, she must listen to state-directed counseling that is meant to discourage her from having an abortion.
There is a 20 week ban on abortions with an exception of cases of incest or rape.
Keep reading and learn more about what you can do to stop these anti-choice bills.
Wall of Shame
"Let Doctors Lie"
SB340 makes it so doctors or medical staff can allow their personal beliefs to guide how and when they counsel a pregnant woman. It takes away the right of a patient to hold medical staff accountable should their doctor or nurse withhold critical medical information that could’ve informed a patient to choose safe, legal abortion.
TRAP Inspections Guidelines
HB1428 is a TRAP bill (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) that alters the inspection and licensing requirements of abortion facilities. This bill would require the Department of Health to issue an immediate suspension of an abortion facility’s license for any violation, no matter how small. HB 1428 unfairly targets abortion providers and seeks to eliminate access to safe, legal abortion in Arkansas.
HB1434 seeks to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus and would criminalize a doctor who knowingly performs an abortion sought on the basis of sex. This bill would threaten a woman’s life and health by making safe, legal abortion harder to access and does nothing to address gender bias and discrimination.
Second Trimester Method Ban
HB1032 is an ideological attack designed to shame and stigmatize safe and legal abortion. This is a medically unnecessary and scientifically baseless attempt to ban the most commonly used form of second trimester abortion.
The bill furthermore includes a clause that would open pathways for a partner to sue to prevent an abortion from happening.