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Arkansas governor sidesteps rape or incest exceptions in abortion ban

Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson (R) dodged the question of whether he would make exceptions in state abortion laws, which were triggered by the overturning of Roe v. Wade, for cases of rape or incest.

When NBC’s “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd asked Hutchinson if he thought it was a mistake not to include exceptions in abortion laws for these specific cases, the Governor avoided answering the question directly and claimed the Supreme Court’s decision “was really something that will save lives.”

“In Arkansas, we immediately followed the direction of the law,” Hutchinson told Todd of the trigger law, which went into effect after the Supreme Court ruling on Friday.

“It triggered the ban on abortion except, like you [Todd] said, in the case of the life of the mother, ”explained the governor.

Todd again pressed Hutchinson on the issue, asking if the governor would be comfortable if a theoretical 13-year-old girl, who was raped by a parent, couldn’t have an abortion in Arkansas.

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

“I’m not – I would have preferred a different result than that,” Hutchinson replied. “But that’s not today’s debate in Arkansas. It may be in the future. »

Hutchinson’s comments on Sunday run counter to remarks he made during an interview with the Little Rock news station THV11.

When asked a similar question about rape and incest by Arkansas reporter Sarah Horbacewicz earlier this weekend, Hutchinson said he didn’t expect to revisit the exceptions to the rule. state ban on abortion.

“The legislative will was clear,” he said during this Friday interview. “I don’t expect this to be seen again in the short term, if at all, as they have expressed the will of the people of Arkansas to want to protect the life of the unborn child.”

Under the current state of the state abortion ban, the only exception Arkansas will make is when the mother’s life is in danger.

Arkansas is among 13 states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Utah, that all passed trigger laws after Roe v. Wade, according to a pro-life research organization. Guttmacher Institute.



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