Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) declared Sunday that he signed into law one of the country’s most restrictive abortion bills as a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. . .
Signed into law earlier this month, the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act bans all abortions in the state with just one exception — if the controversial procedure would save the life of the mother.
That means abortions on account of rape or incest are not legally permissible under the law. Those circumstances typically account for fewer than 1.5% of all abortions.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Republican governor admitted the law contradicts current Supreme Court precedent, but expressed hope it will be the impetus that forces the Supreme Court to review abortion rights.
In fact, Hutchinson said the “whole design” of the law was to challenge abortion rights. (Read more from “Arkansas Governor Admits: I Signed Near-Total Abortion Ban as ‘Direct Challenge’ To Roe v. Wade” HERE)