Judge temporarily blocks Arkansas abortion laws

a federal judge temporarily blocked three new abortion laws from taking effect in Arkansas they were initially scheduled to go into effect Wednesday but the judge blocked them from taking effect for two weeks one of the laws would ban abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy a second law would ban women from having an abortion solely because the fetus was diagnosed with Down syndrome the third law requires abortion doctors to be ob/gyn board eligible or certified the law would likely force the closure of the state's only surgical abortion clinic that would leave Arkansas with a clinic that could only perform medical abortions and it would make Arkansas the seventh us state with only one abortion clinic an ACLU spokesperson said they are relieved that the three laws are temporarily blocked and are determined to see them blocked for good a total of 12 anti-abortion laws were passed by Arkansas Republican majority legislature this session

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  1. Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended and about four in ten unintended pregnancies are aborted, often with the request coming from the husband or male partner.

    The vast majority of abortions occur before nine weeks of pregnancy, before any fetus is involved. Nearly 80 percent of such abortions occur before 10 weeks, and nearly 90 percent do so by the end of the first trimester, making clear that anti-choice assertions about high rates of late abortion are false.

    In fact, anti-choice laws and policies ranging from banning early, safe medication abortion, to mandated waiting periods and unnecessary ultrasounds all serve to push early abortions later than they otherwise would be, belying anti-choice concerns about, say, second trimester abortions, because they are in fact responsible for a large share of such abortions.

    Further, most people having abortions already have children. Contraception is not always effective. They already know the true cost of having children. When considering an abortion, families weigh the responsiblities and finances they have, particularly in a society with extremely expensive healthcare and a very limited safety net.

    Preventing conception or having an abortion isn’t just about getting through the “inconvenience” of a pregnancy, as the far-right often asserts. In many situations pregnancy does in fact pose substantial risks to the health and lives of women.

    It is about whether or not a family is able to make a lifelong emotional, financial, and physical commitment – often at substantial cost – to the person who will exist if a pregnancy is viable, healthy and successfully brought to term.

    In the case of a wanted pregnancy, this can be a joyous, hoped-for, and much anticipated event. Under other circumstances, and without recourse to safe abortion care, an unintended pregnancy is a forced pregnancy and a forced birth, and amounts to reproductive slavery.

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