On Wednesday, Arkansas overrode a veto by Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, to enact the nation's strictest state-level abortion restriction.The Law, S.B. 134 was quickly denounced, as an assault on reproductive rights.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement released the same day, "We are deeply disappointed that the Arkansas legislature voted to impose the most restrictive ban on safe and legal abortion in the country," women activists and parents of Arkansas, must feel the same. Considering the definitive proof in several studies, in which legalized abortion lowered crime rates and gave young women control of their futures, a person would hope all of the United States would support such a cause. Arkansas however, is not all that well known for being an equal-rights- for-all state.
When he vetoed the bill on Monday, Governor Beebe issued a statement that S.B.134 was a “blatant contradiction of the United States Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court.” This begs the question: how was this law still passed into effect when neither the people nor the governor wanted it to be? America may never know the answer to this or perhaps we already do.
"We intend to make it equally clear that no one's constitutional rights are subject to revision by lawmakers intent on scoring political points, and that attempts such as this to turn back the clock on reproductive rights will not stand," Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northrup said in a statement released Wednesday. Northrups statement harkens to another political front; the LGBT rights front, were the two to join forces they would no doubt be an unstoppable political force.
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