Friday, March 31, 2017

Arkansas "Sex Selective Abortion Ban" Requires Doctors to Investigate Women's Medical History

New York Times (March 30, 2017): Arkansas Bans 'Sex-Selection Abortion, by Christine Hauser:

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a law banning sex-selective abortion this week.  The law goes further than prior laws because it requires that doctors investigate women's pregnancy history and ask the woman questions to ensure that the woman is not ending the pregnancy in order to gender select.  The law, which is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, requires doctors to ask a woman if she knows the gender of the fetus she is carrying and if she does, the doctor must tell her it is illegal to chose an abortion based on gender.  It is a misdemeanor for doctors to fail to comply with a fine up to $2,500 and civil penalties. Doctors also risk revocation or suspension of their medical license.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, Arkansas is the 8th state to ban sex-selective abortions.  The other states are Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota.

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