By H. TOMLINSON — Arkansas has now passed the nation’s most restrictive abortion law outlawing all abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. This represents a great achievement, however, it will not have any significant impact on preventing abortion unless we have prosecutors in place to enforce this new law. Join Amistad today in ensuring such laws are enforced.
The Arkansas House and Senate voted Wednesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of the “Human Heartbeat Protection Act,” making abortions illegal at 12 weeks of pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can typically be detected by ultrasound.
The bill’s sponsor is Senator Jason Rapert, a Republican who compared the more than 50 million abortions since Roe v. Wade to the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide. Both the House and Senate are controlled by Republicans, but several Democrats cast their votes to support this bill.
The ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York have already vowed to bring a case in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the law. Senator Rapert said he believes the bill could survive such a challenge.
“We crafted a bill that apparently has the ability to stand the test in courts and change abortion policy in our nation and coast to coast,” he said in a New York Times interview.
We pray the bill does stand the test, and lives on to serve as a model for other state legislatures to follow.
As this and other life-affirming laws are passed, our need for good prosecutors is pressing. It is not the legislature, the governor, or even the courts that will enforce the new law – it is the local prosecutor.
Without enforcement, a law is just a piece of paper, an entry in a legal archive. But with strong enforcement, laws will serve their purpose – to protect life, close clinics, and bring criminals to justice.
We need your support to educate, train and put good prosecutors in office.
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New York Times