Commonwealth Policy Center

The State of Arkansas just passed a law that would ban nearly all abortions. This means that the unborn are now safer in Arkansas. It’s also an example of the democratic process undoing a grievous act by the courts. The new law is certain to face legal challenges, but it provides further reason why states need to take the question of abortion out of the hands of judges. Arkansas’s state constitution explicitly denies a constitutional right to abortion in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned. However, here in Kentucky, that’s not yet the case. A similar constitutional amendment is being considered by the State Senate. HB 91 takes the question of abortion being a protected constitutional right from the judges and puts it into the hands of the people. Its fate now lies with the Senate.