I know people are up in arms about the situation in Texas, so I thought I’d remind y’all that the following restrictions on abortion are in effect in Arkansas (as of May 1, 2013):
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait until the next day before the procedure is provided.
- The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- An abortion may be performed at or after 20 weeks post-fertilization (22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period) only if the woman’s life is endangered, rape, incest or if her physical health is severely compromised, based on the spurious assertion that a fetus can feel pain at that point.
Don’t forget the battles over reproductive rights in other states so far this year.