On Wednesday Senator Jason Rapert (R – Conway) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) filed S.B. 6 to make abortion illegal in Arkansas except when the mother’s life is at stake. If passed, the bill will generally prohibit abortion in Arkansas and give the U.S. Supreme Court an opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and other pro-abortion decisions.
Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement saying, “Many people have been saying for almost fifty years that abortion should be illegal. The time has come for us to make it so. S.B. 6 will give the U.S. Supreme Court the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade. Family Council fully supports the passage of this good law. This is an opportunity for Arkansas to be a real leader in the effort to end abortion in America.”
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Cox pointed out that public opinion polling shows Arkansans oppose abortion. “Arkansans are overwhelmingly pro-life. Recent public opinion polling shows twenty-three percent of Arkansans believe abortion ought to be completely illegal, and fifty-nine percent believe abortion ought to be legal only under certain circumstances.”
Cox said Family Council will work to mobilize Arkansans to support S.B. 6. “We have a grassroots network of about ten thousand Arkansans and churches across the state, and we work very closely with pro-life organizations that oppose abortion nationwide. We believe they will be very excited about supporting this legislation, and they will want to do their part to secure its passage.”