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Arkansas has become a 'trendsetter' for abortion restrictions


Arkansas has become a 'trendsetter' for abortion restrictions
ThinkProgress

The ACLU and other groups will have a hearing for a federal lawsuit that challenges strict abortion laws in Arkansas on Thursday.The laws, which mainly concern disposal of fetal tissue, go into effect later in July and early next year. The ACLU, ACLU of Arkansas, and the Center for Reproductive Rights said the laws are “tantamount to outright abortion bans.”This includes a law barring dilation and evacuation (D&E), the only remaining legal procedure for abortions in the second trimester that doctors consider safe, and requiring women to notify and get consent from sexual partners or family members on the method of fetal tissue disposal before the procedure. Two other laws ensure that doctors keep more medical records as well as fetal tissue after abortions on minors so that police have it as evidence, the idea being that the minor could have been raped.

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