Sen. Jason Rapert has announced on Facebook his plans to file this week a so-called trigger law — like those passed in four other states — that would make abortion illegal in Arkansas immediately if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
No mention in the post of any exceptions or how Rapert views, for example, the morning-after pill to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex (including rape).
The Arkansas Constitution already mandates that it is state policy to “protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth, to the extent permitted by the Federal Constitution.” (No explicit protection is provided after birth.) The 1988 amendment passed narrowly on the strength of its main working part, preventing the expenditure of public money on abortions.
Not that it’s likely to influence Rapert or many of his colleagues in the legislature, but this was the 2018 poll finding by the University of Arkansas on further restricting abortion in Arkansas (already one of the most restrictive states in the country.)
Abortion: 38 percent favor laws that would make it more difficult; 20 percent favor laws that would make it easier; 36 percent favor no change
The simple arithmetic: 56 percent want no change in or less restrictive abortion laws.