LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The controversial abortion bill put forth Representative Andy Mayberry has passed through both the House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson on Thursday.
House Bill 1032, or, the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act, puts a ban on dismemberment abortions in Arkansas. According to Planned Parenthood, the procedure uses medical tools to empty a woman's uterus. The procedure is used between 14 and 16 weeks after the last period.
In the House, the bill passed with a 78-10 vote. Ten representatives are recorded as non-voting while two registered as present. The Senate also had a wide majority vote for the bill. Twenty-five Senators voted yes while six voted against and four abstained from voting.
Rita Sklar, Executive Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, said that legal action would be taken once the bill is signed into law.