The governor of Arkansas has argued that he does not agree to a state law banning abortion in cases of rape or incest, even though he has signed strict laws.
Governor Asa Hutchinson said in an interview with “State of the Nation” on Sunday that he believes the state’s ban must be done, acknowledging that the state’s “inciting law” would create “a heartbreaking situation” if the landmark Roe v Wade ruling was overturned. . “Revisit”.
“While the still life of the womb, the life of the fetus, pregnancy was placed in a criminal situation, whether incest or rape. So I think the two exceptions I have made are very appropriate,” he said.
“Over time, Roe v. If Wade is turned over, this will become a very real situation.
“Debate and debate will continue and I think it can be discussed again. I believe that exception will matter. The public understands the exceptions and their significance, so overall it’s important to save lives. So I think it will be re-examined.”
Arkansas is one of thirteen states with “initiation laws” that immediately ban abortions in the state as soon as Roe is overturned.
Unlike some states, Arkansas makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.
The only exception is for medical emergencies in which the mother’s life is at risk.
Women are threatened with up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $100,000 if they break the law.
This strict law was signed by Governor Hutchinson in 2019 and goes into effect immediately if the Supreme Court overturns Roe.
The governor has always tried to evade responsibility for the ban, arguing that he wants rape and incest to be the exceptions.
“Every time I signed that law, I said I supported the rape and incest exception.
“I think the mother’s life and rape and incest are the two exceptions that should not have been endorsed by the General Assembly.”
Though he believed he would be “reviewed,” CNN’s Dana Bash pressured that he had already signed the bill and the time was coming to lead the change, as his term ends in January.
“If you can’t change [the trigger law]This means that still young girls aged 11 and 12 can find themselves in that situation in a very real way in just a few months,” she said.
“It’s a heartbreaking situation,” he replied.
“When we passed these triggers, we were trying to reduce abortion… but whenever we see that reality, the debate will continue and people’s will may or may not change.”
After he introduced one of the nation’s most stringent abortion laws, the governor is clearly stepping back because women’s rights to health care and access to abortion are being threatened across the country.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court said the majority of justices wanted to overturn Roe v Wade.
A landmark 1973 ruling gave Americans the constitutional right to abortion.
If Roe is overturned, about half of all U.S. states are expected to outright ban abortion, and some Republican governors have already signed restrictions in those states.
This week, Oklahoma passed a law banning all abortions at all stages of pregnancy except rape or incest if reported to law enforcement.