A draconian new law passed in Arkansas forces women to obtain permission from the man who impregnated them before they can have an abortion.
Arkansas — Arkansas legislators recently passed an abortion bill that is set to come into force at the end of the month. It will require women to obtain permission from men before they can have an abortion. The law, rightfully so, has the ACLU and civil rights activists up in arms as it also applies in instances of abuse and even rape.
The bill, H.B. 1566, was passed in March and is a provision under the Arkansas Final Disposition Rights Act of 2009. Under this act, in the matter of someone's death, family members have to come to an agreement on how to handle the bodies of their dead relatives.
H.B. 1566 adds fetuses to the Act. As HuffPost notes, it means that both the mother and the father of the fetus will have to agree on what to do with fetal remains, thus requiring a woman to tell whoever impregnated her that she's planning on having an abortion. Both parties will have to agree on what to do with the remains.
While it may sound reasonable on the surface, the bill also applies to abusive partners and rapists who impregnated their victim.