Gov. Hutchinson signs near-total abortion bill, SB6

Updated: Mar. 9, 2021 at 3:02 PM CST
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed SB6, a near-total abortion bill, into state law on Tuesday.

In a statement, Gov. Asa Hutchinson says, “I will sign SB6 because of overwhelming legislative support and my sincere and long-held pro-life convictions. SB6 is in contradiction of binding precedents of the U.S. Supreme Court, but it is the intent of the legislation to set the stage for the Supreme Court overturning current case law. I would have preferred the legislation to include the exceptions for rape and incest, which has been my consistent view, and such exceptions would increase the chances for a review by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

SB6 received approval on Wednesday from the Arkansas House with a 76-19 vote.

The bill was approved by the Arkansas Senate 27-7 last month.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway).

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