Arkansas Senate Passes Fetal Heartbeat Bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) – Arkansas became the most recent state to attempt a ban on most abortions when the state Senate passed a bill Monday (Feb. 22) that would outlaw the procedure after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

J.D. Tucker, Arkansas Baptist State Convention executive director, applauded the legislation and praised the lawmakers who approved the bill.

“Arkansas Baptists continually advocate for the unborn and those born into challenging situations,” Tucker said. “Personally, I am thankful for legislation that aims to protect and value the life of the unborn and for all legislators who are willing to take a stand on this matter.”

Tucker also praised the continued work of Arkansas Baptists in protecting the lives of unborn children in their state through the work of crisis pregnancy centers, Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries, foster care and local church ministries.

The bill passed on a 27-7 vote of the majority-Republican Senate and will now move to the majority-Republican House. The legislation passed mainly along party lines, with only one Democrat voting in favor of the bill and one Republican voting against it, The Associated Press reported.

The only exception to the ban listed in the bill is a medical emergency for the mother of the child. The bill does not include exceptions for rape or incest.

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Source: Baptist Press


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