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State Passes Abortion Bill Requiring Consent from the Father

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A newly passed bill in Arkansas may require a woman seeking an abortion to get permission from the man who impregnated her.

Eight years ago, a bill called the Arkansas Final Disposition Rights Act of 2009 passed in the state, asserting that families must agree on what to do with a deceased person’s remains. The new law, House Bill 1566, is an addendum to this act that says the decision about what to do with fetal remains must be agreed upon by both parents.

So, a woman now has to tell her sexual partner that she is planning on getting an abortion so that he can “sign off” on arrangements for the remains, opening the way for him to object to the abortion in the first place.

What may seem to be progress has liberals again in a tizzy, asking … So a RAPIST has to be consulted about his victim’s abortion??

The law HAS added problems for women under 18 or who are sexual assault survivors. If a woman is a minor when she’s pregnant, her parents are legally responsible for making the decision about fetal remains. Furthermore, sexual assault survivors could be forced to get permission from their rapists to get an abortion, and doctors who provide abortions could be criminally charged if they don’t ask the father of the fetus what he’d like to do with the fetal remains. If he and the woman seeking an abortion don’t agree, they could begin a legal battle that dragged on until the woman was banned from getting an abortion at all (in Arkansas, most abortions are illegal over 20 weeks post-fertilization).

The bill’s sponsors claim that the issue is about “dignity after death” rather than abortion, but pro-choice organizations insist it’s a thinly veiled attempt to impede women’s reproductive rights.

The bill is to go into effect on July 30, 2017.

Source: CNN

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