In Arkansas, women are now required to get permission from men before going through with abortion services.
The law is a provision of recently passed bill H.B. 1566 which states that in the matter of a person’s death, family members must all agree on what to do with the deceased person’s body.
So, how do women and their bodies play into this at all?
Arkansas legislators decided to include aborted fetuses into the Act, meaning both the mother and the father of the fetus must agree on what to do with the fetal remains.
This essentially requires a woman to tell the individual who impregnated her that she's planning an abortion, and then receive permission from them to do so.
Both parties then must agree on what to do with the remains.
Unfortunately, legislators didn't take into consideration how this could potentially effect women impregnated after rape or abuse.
Additionally, for women under the age of 18, the decision about what to do with the fetal remains will be deferred to her parents or guardians.
Arkansas has enacted a slew of new restrictions that practically prohibit access to abortion. We’re fighting back. https://t.co/FKcBZn8Jk1— ACLU National (@ACLU) June 28, 2017
The provision is planned to go into effect at the end of this month, however, the ACLU is fighting back.
Members of the ACLU said in a statement:
“Every day, women in Arkansas and across the United States struggle to get the care they need as lawmakers impose new ways to shut down clinics and make abortion unavailable.
“We will fight politicians who not only seek to shame, punish, or burden women for making these decisions, but also try to push care out of reach.”
Big ups to the ACLU for doing the Lord's work.