Arkansas Enacts Landmark 18-Week Abortion Limit

March 15, 2019
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Washington, D.C. – Today Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law the Cherish Act (H.B. 1439), which limits abortion after 18 weeks of pregnancy. The bill received final approval in the House of Representatives by a vote of 86-1 after passing 28-6 in the Senate.

The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) praised the vote in a statement:

“Arkansas has some of the nation’s strongest pro-life laws and continues to expand protections for unborn children and their mothers, informed by science and compassion,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.  “At 18 weeks, nearly halfway through pregnancy, unborn babies are beginning to move and can hear sounds. Their facial features are developing, and an ultrasound can show if the child is a boy or girl. The humanity of the unborn child and the brutality of abortion is undeniable. We thank Governor Hutchinson and Arkansas lawmakers for their leadership on this lifesaving bill.”

SBA List is a network of more than 700,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.




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