Donald Trump is close to nominating a Supreme Court justice who is all but certain to be confirmed. When that happens, there’s a good chance Roe v. Wade will soon be overturned. And when that happens, abortion rights will really depend on where you live.
The Republican legislators in Arkansas know this, and they’re already anticipating the final step in which they get to decide who gets to have abortions. That’s why they’re preemptively working on a bill to ban the procedure in just about every situation. Such a bill wouldn’t be constitutional now… but it would be after Roe is overturned.
Within 24 hours of the news, several lawmakers said they were preparing to take the next steps toward ending almost all abortions in the state.
“I have a bill for that,” tweeted state Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, on Thursday morning.
In a phone call Thursday, Ballinger said a draft version of his bill would allow abortions only when the life of the mother is at risk, but would not include exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
The Arkansas Legislature is not currently in session and is not scheduled to meet until the 2019 regular session, when Ballinger said he hoped to run his bill.
Just to reiterate the horrifying thing Ballinger just said, he’s preparing a bill that would force women to give birth to their rapists’ babies all because Republicans know Trump will select a judge who doesn’t give a damn about women’s rights.
This is what Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are about to set in motion if they vote for Trump’s Federalist Society-approved nominee, whoever it is.
And this is just one state. You can bet that every single state in which Republicans fully control the legislature — 32 in all (33 if you count unicameral Nebraska) — will be drafting similar bills that would effectively punish women even after they’ve been assaulted.
Why would the GOP care? They’re looking out for unborn fetuses, not living women.
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