Skip to content
Arkansas Governor Says Extreme Abortion Bill He Signed Should Be ‘Revisited’

The Arkansas governor has claimed he disagrees with the state’s ban on abortion in cases of rape or incest – despite signing the bill strict law.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson admitted in an interview with ‘State of the Nation’ on Sunday that the state’s anti-abortion ‘trigger law’ would lead to ‘heartbreaking circumstances’ if the landmark Roe v Wade decision is overturned, saying that he thought the state ban should be ‘revisited’.

“While it is still life in the womb, the life of the unborn child, the conception took place under criminal circumstances, either incest or rape. And so, these are two exceptions that I have recognized, I think, are very appropriate,” he said.

“And what will happen over time, if Roe v. Wade is canceled, it will become very real circumstances.

“I think the debate and the discussion will – will continue and it could very well be revisited. I believe these exceptions are going to be important…overall to save lives because the public understands these exceptions, their importance. So I think it will be reviewed.

Arkansas is one of 13 states that has “trigger laws” that would immediately ban abortions in the state as soon as Roe is overthrown.

Unlike some states, Arkansas makes no exceptions for pregnancy resulting from rape or incest.

The only exception is in a medical emergency where the mother’s life is in danger.

The women are threatened with 10 years in prison and fines of up to $100,000 if they break the law.

The strict law was signed by Governor Hutchinson in 2019 and will instantly go into effect if the Supreme Court overturns Roe.

The governor tried to shirk responsibility for the ban, insisting he still wanted rape and incest to be exceptions.

“Each time I signed this law, I expressed my support for the rape and incest exceptions,” he said.

“Mother’s life and rape and incest are two exceptions which I believe should have been added and which did not have the support of the general assembly.”

While he said he thought he would be “revisited,” CNN’s Dana Bash pressed him that he had already signed the bill and that time was running out for him to drive any changes, his term. ending in January.

“If you can’t change [the trigger law]this means that girls who are still children, aged 11 and 12, could be in this situation in a very real way in just a few months,” she said.

“These are heartbreaking circumstances,” he replied.

“When we passed these trigger laws, we were trying to…reduce abortions, but every time you see real circumstances like that, the debate is going to continue and the will of the people may or may not change.”

The governor’s apparent pushback after introducing what is one of the toughest abortion laws in the nation comes as women’s rights to health care and access to abortion are under threat across the country. ‘America.

Earlier this month, a bombshell draft opinion was leaked by the Supreme Court revealing a majority of justices want to overturn Roe v Wade.

The landmark 1973 ruling gave Americans a constitutional right to abortion.

If Roe is overturned, about half of all U.S. states would have to ban abortion altogether, with several Republican governors having already signed restrictive bills in their states.

This week, Oklahoma passed a law banning all abortions at any stage of pregnancy, the only exception being rape or incest if reported to law enforcement.

The Independent Gt

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.