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Arkansas abortion bill calls for rape, incest reports

SMALL ROCK, Arch. (AP) – The Arkansas Senate on Thursday voted to demand that rape victims be reported to law enforcement before they can go beyond the state’s 20-week abortion limit.

The move, however, could be controversial if the direct ban on abortion, which was signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson, went ahead just over a week ago. Proponents of abortion rights have vowed to challenge the ban, which does not include rape or incest, until it takes effect this summer.

This comes at a time when the state is advocating for an 18-week ban on artificial abortion, which has been lifted by the courts, which includes those exceptions.

The bill, approved by a vote of 26-6 on Thursday, will increase the requirement for the state to report all abortions, including those blocked by courts, which allow for rape cases. Abortion providers are required to report to the state the number of procedures performed due to rape or incest.

Opponents of the claim said it would make more women victims, given the large number of rapes that were not reported to police. According to the Department of Justice, about three of the four rapes and sexual assaults are not reported to law enforcement.

“Obviously, every woman who has gone through that ordeal suffers a terrible injury then, for the rest of her life. I think this bill only adds to that trauma,” Democrat Sen. Clark Tucker said before the vote.

Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Abortion advocacy groups have said they plan to sue to block the ban before it goes into effect this summer.

“It is possible that the attackers may be prosecuted, that the report is very important,” said Republican Sen. Blake John Onson, the bill’s sponsor, before the vote.

Hutchinson signed an abortion ban earlier this month, although he expressed concern that rape was not an exception to the incest.

The bill, approved on Thursday, is now being addressed to the Republican Majority House.

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