Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) insisted Sunday that victims of rape and incest should be allowed abortions despite signing a so-called trigger law that covers nearly all abortions in her state, including those for incest or rape. resulting in miscarriages.
Hutchinson, when confronted about his conflicting stances in an interview with Nation World News’s “State of the Union,” said that when he signed that bill in 2019, he stated that he fully agreed with it. were not.
“The life of the mother, and rape and incest are two exceptions that I think should have been added,” Hutchinson told host Dana Bash. He blamed his state’s Republican-majority legislature for excluding those exceptions from the bill, which only allows abortions in cases of medical emergency.
Hutchinson said that if the Supreme Court held Roe v. Wade — the landmark 1973 ruling that expanded access to abortion nationwide — he thinks his state’s abortion law “may be revisited.”
Bash insisted that such a retrial could not take place and that even if it did, there would still be a period in which rape and incest victims would not be legally allowed to have an abortion.
“You wanted the legislature in Arkansas to put those exceptions in. They didn’t. Your term is almost over. What do you think you can change that? And if you can’t, that means That… 11- and 12-year-olds could potentially be in this situation in a very real way in just a few months,” she said.
“Those are heart-wrenching circumstances,” Hutchinson replied. “We’re trying to get states to return that right and reduce abortion, but whenever you look at real-life situations like this, the debate will continue and whether or not people’s wills may change, but this Going to come back to states’ flexibility on that.”
He said he believes constituents in his state understand the “importance” of these exceptions to allow abortions and think it will be reconsidered.
“There is no guarantee, but whenever you come to your elected representatives, public opinion matters,” he said.