After Roe in Arkansas, abortion will be illegal except to save a mother’s life. Connect with your local family policy council to stay up-to-date on the pro-life movement in your state—now and after Roe. Then, keep reading to find out more about what abortion law would be in your state after Roe.Connect with Family Council
MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE’S ABORTION LAWS
Below, we’ve summarized what abortion laws would be in your state after Roe.
The Big Question
After Roe, will my state ban nearly all abortions or allow nearly all abortions?
Arkansas has a “trigger law” called the Arkansas Human Life Protection Act that would ban all abortions except to save the life of the mother immediately after Roe is overturned. Ark. Code Ann. §§ 5-61-304.
Abortion Limits, Exceptions and Enforcement
Limitations on abortions
If my state won’t ban all abortions, what are the limits to abortion?
Because Arkansas has a “trigger law” banning all abortions except to save the life of the mother that would go into effect immediately after Roe, Arkansas’s other, lesser limitations and regulations currently in their law on abortion would no longer be necessary.
Exceptions to any limitations
Are there any exceptions to those limitations placed on abortion?
The trigger law includes an exception to save the mother’s life in a medical emergency. Ark. Code Ann. §§ 5-61-304.
Penalties for performing an illegal abortion
What are the penalties to abortion providers for committing an illegal abortion (one of the forms of abortion that my state has limited under the law)?
Violations of the trigger law are a felony and punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $100,000 in fines. Ark. Code Ann. §§ 5-61-304.
When abortion laws are violated, who can file a lawsuit to enforce their rights and the law?
The law provides no cause of action.
Protecting Fundamental Rights
Does my state give parents the right to consent for their child to get an abortion?
Notarized consent from one parent is required; however, this state has a method where a minor can obtain permission from the courts to receive an abortion without parental notice or consent. This provision would also most likely become unnecessary when the trigger law takes effect. Ark. Code Ann. § 20-16-801 to -810.
Does my state have conscience protections for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortions?
Individuals may refuse to participate in medical procedures that result in an abortion. Hospitals, hospital directors, or governing boards may refuse to permit abortions within their institutions. Ark. Code Ann. § 20-16-601.
Safety & Health of Women
Does an abortion have to be provided by a licensed physician in my state?
Yes, and the physician must be licensed to practice in the state. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-61-101.
Does my state’s law require that a woman give informed consent and/or receive counseling prior to allowing an abortion to be performed?
Counseling and informed consent are required; however, this provision would most likely become unnecessary when the trigger law takes effect. Ark. Code Ann. § 20-16-1703.
Your state already has many protections for the unborn. Yet more is needed!
After Roe, many of your state laws limiting abortion will be under attack by the abortion industry. The life protections in your state will need to be defended through the joint efforts of your state family policy council, the local church, elected officials, and concerned citizens like you. And, there are many additional steps your state can take to protect life.