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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Arkansas government questions making exceptions for rape or incest in abortion ban

Arkansas Gov. asa hutchinson (R) sidestepped the question of whether he would make exceptions to state abortion laws, which Roe v. Wade’s overthrow, which included rape or incest.

When NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd asked Hutchinson whether he believed it was a mistake not to include exceptions in abortion laws for those specific cases, the governor refrained from answering the question directly. and said that the Supreme Court’s decision “was really something. That would save lives.”

“In Arkansas, we immediately followed the direction of the law,” Hutchinson told Todd of the triggering law, which took effect after Friday’s Supreme Court decision.

“It Banned Abortion, Except You” [Todd] Said, in the matter of mother’s life,” the governor explained.

Todd again pressurized Hutchinson on the matter, asking whether the governor would be comfortable if a principled 13-year-old, who was raped by a relative, couldn’t get an abortion in Arkansas.

The governor responded by suggesting that he would not be comfortable with it.

Hutchinson replied, “I’m not—I’d prefer a different result than that.” “But that’s not the debate in Arkansas today. It could be in the future.”

Hutchinson’s comments on Sunday are in contrast to comments made during an interview with the THV11 news station in Little Rock.

When asked a similar question on rape and incest by Arkansas-based journalist Sarah Horbacewicz this weekend, Hutchinson said she did not expect to reconsider the exceptions to the state’s abortion ban.

“The legislative will was clear,” he said in that Friday interview. “I don’t expect to go again in the short term, if at all, because he expressed the desire of the people of Arkansas to protect the life of the unborn.”

As the state’s abortion ban now stands, Arkansas will make the only exception if the mother’s life is at risk.

Arkansas is one of 13 states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Utah, where Roe v. Everyone had trigger laws after Wade was overturned. Guttmacher Institute,

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