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WATCH: GOP Governor Says Abortion Should Be Available In Case Of Rape, Incest — But He Banned It For Both

WATCH: GOP Governor Says Abortion Should Be Available In Case Of Rape, Incest — But He Banned It For Both

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas says that his heart really goes out to women in difficult circumstances, who have been the victims of rape or incest and cannot afford to travel to another state to procure an abortion that is banned at home. That didn’t stop him from signing the bill into law, however.

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Hutchinson governs one of more than a dozen states that has put into place ‘trigger laws’ — laws that are currently unenforceable because they’re unconstitutional based on prior rulings from the Supreme Court, but that will go quickly into effect if SCOTUS makes a shift on the central aspect. In this case, it’s a bill he signed into law in 2019, as the Associated Press reported at the time, banning abortion in all cases except in a medical emergency to save the life of the pregnant person.

Now, while he doesn’t say that he regrets signing such an extreme bill into law, he says that rape and incest are “very difficult circumstances” and that his “heart goes out” to women in those situations.

“It’s difficult, and so you have to understand that, you have to provide services, and I believe that we want to increase the services for maternal health, to increase the services for adoption services as well. And so we want to invest in those areas that will help women with very difficult circumstances of the pregnancy. But secondly, I think, to your point, the rape an incest exceptions will continue to be a part of the debate.”

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