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Arkansas passes new law, banning nearly all abortions

The state of Arkansas has passed a legislation, banning almost all abortions in the state. Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson said he signed the law due to "overwhelming legislative support and my sincere and long-held pro-life convictions" after voicing concerns over the bill not including certain exceptions for certain cases. The new law only allows abortion if a mother's life is at risk.

“(The ban) is in contradiction of binding precedents of the US supreme court, but it is the intent of the legislation to set the stage for the supreme court overturning current case law,“ Hutchinson said. “I would have preferred the legislation to include the exceptions for rape and incest, which has been my consistent view, and such exceptions would increase the chances for a review by the US supreme court.”

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