Pro-Life Victory as Arkansas Senate Passes Unborn Child Protection Act to Protect All Unborn Babies

Pro-Lifers are hopeful because on Monday, February 22, 2021, the Arkansas Senate passed S.B. 6 that would ban abortions in the Natural State. Sen. Jason Rapert (R – Conway) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) were the key sponsors of the legislation that the state Senate approved on a 27-7 vote.

Life News reports that the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act will ban abortions unless it’s to save a mother’s life and the bill now heads to the state House, which is expected to approve it as well.

“Arkansas is asking and pleading that the U.S. Supreme Court take a look at this and make a decision that once again allows the states to protect human life,” Republican state Sen. Jason Rapert, the bill’s sponsor, said before the vote, according to the AP.

The central question in abortion is whether the baby is a human being worthy of legal protection, Sen. Bob Ballinger said during the debate.

“The question really is, is it a baby or not? Is it a little person or not? If it’s not a little person – what the heck are we doing?” Ballinger stated. “If it is a little human being and we agree with it, it doesn’t matter how they were created.”

The bill now heads to the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor House Committee.

The question after House passage would be whether Gov. Asa Hutchinson would sign it. In a statement released to KATV, Hutchinson  said:

“The legislature has historically included rape and incest as exceptions to abortion prohibitions. It makes sense to add the exceptions because if you are going to do a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, then it is important to have exceptions that the public generally supports. As a former member of Congress, I supported the Hyde amendment that prohibited taxpayer funds from being used for abortions, but it always included the exception language for rape and incest. I will continue to watch how the bill proceeds through the House.”

“If enacted, S.B. 6 would save thousands of unborn children every year and give the federal court system an opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade and other pro-abortion decisions,” it said. “This is an opportunity for Arkansas to be a real leader in the effort to end abortion in America. Many people have been saying for almost fifty years that abortion should be illegal. The time has come for us to make it so.” (Edited from