Arkansas Abortion Law Challenges Roe v. Wade

Leslie Carol Botha: ‘Human Heartbeat Protection Act’? I am so tired of men arguing the issue of abortion. How can abortion be compared to the Holocaust or the Rwandan genocide.  Where are men’s roles in this issue – I mean – keeping their zippers up and their penises inside.  Men need to get their hands off of women’s bodies. Literally – as well as in politics.
Synthetic hormones are making women sick, – men won’t wear condoms (lack of sensitivity) – and they won’t damage their manhood by getting a vasectomy.
Where does that leave women? Victimized by their own bodies and the men that control their pelvic goldmines.

There are many more laws like this in state legislatures across the country. Women’s rights are being challenged like never before.

How about putting all of this time and money into developing a safe form of birth control that is 100% effective – w/o damaging side effects instead of passing a ‘Human Heartbeat Protection Act’ that usurps women’s rights.

Arkansas Adopts a Ban on Abortions After 12 Weeks

The New York Times
By ERIK ECKHOLM
Published: March 6, 2013

Arkansas adopted what is by far the country’s most restrictive ban on abortion on Wednesday — at 12 weeks of pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can typically be detected babortion_picy abdominal ultrasound.

The law, the sharpest challenge yet to Roe v. Wade, was passed by the newly Republican-controlled legislature over the veto of Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, who called it “blatantly unconstitutional.” The State Senate voted Tuesday to override his veto and the House followed suit on Wednesday, with several Democrats joining the Republican majority.

The law contradicts the limit established by Supreme Court decisions, which give women a right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, usually around 24 weeks into pregnancy, and abortion rights groups promised a quick lawsuit to block it. Even some anti-abortion leaders called the measure a futile gesture.

Adoption of the law, called the Human Heartbeat Protection Act, is the first statewide victory for a restless emerging faction within the anti-abortion movement that has lost patience with the incremental whittling away at abortion rights — a strategy used by groups like National Right to Life and the Catholic Church while they wait for a more sympathetic Supreme Court.

“When is enough enough?” asked the bill’s sponsor in the legislature, Senator Jason Rapert, a Republican, who compared the more than 50 million abortions in the United States since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide. “It’s time to take a stand.”

But abortion rights groups and many legal experts, including some in the anti-abortion movement, say the law so deeply contradicts existing constitutional doctrine that it may quickly be voided.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.