Arkansas has just passed a law requiring a woman to inform a man–even if it’s her rapist–before she gets an abortion. Will you chip in $5 to help fight back?
In an absolutely brutal attack on reproductive freedom, Arkansas just passed a law requiring a woman to inform the man who impregnated her before she can get an abortion–even if that man is her rapist, thus giving a rapist a chance to psychologically abuse his victim all over again and possibly even prevent the abortion.1
This bill proves once again what the anti-choice movement is all about: controlling women’s bodies. Once a bill like this passes in one state, we know the anti-choice movement will try to pass it in other states as well.
The new law identifies fetal tissue as a “deceased person” and requires that both the man and the woman agree on what to do with the tissue after abortion care.2
This means that the woman must inform the man that an abortion is going to take place–even if the woman was raped.3
This is just one of the ways that Arkansas has thrown up barriers between women and reproductive care this session. A newly passed law requires doctors to have records of a patient’s entire pregnancy history, delaying an abortion potentially indefinitely. And another law requires any abortion performed on a woman under age 17 to be reported to the police as evidence of a possible crime–both invading her privacy and dissuading her from getting the procedure at all.4
We are calling out the legislators who voted for these awful bills, making sure that voters know how dangerous they are to women–and sending a message to anti-choice politicians in other states that they better not try to pass something similar in their state.
Thank you for stepping up.
–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Lindsay, and Pam, the UltraViolet PAC team
1. In Arkansas, Women Will Need Permission From Men To Get Abortions, Huffington Post, July 11, 2017
2. House Bill 1566, Arkansas State Legislature, accessed July 13, 2017
3. Women seeking abortions in Arkansas now need permission from men, Independent, July 11, 2017
4. New Lawsuit Takes on Four Anti-Choice Arkansas Laws, Rewire, June 20, 2017