Starting later this month, Arkansas women will have to seek permission from the man who impregnated them before having an abortion.
Even if she does not want that man to know she is pregnant.
Even if that man was her abusive ex-boyfriend.
Even if that man was her rapist.
The law change, passed in March, allows a partner, abuser or even rapist to block a woman’s access to abortion if they don’t approve of the termination. It goes into effect at the end of July.
“The plain intention and unavoidable outcome of this scheme is to make it harder for a woman to access basic health care by placing more barriers between a woman and her doctor,” a representative for NARAL Pro-Choice told The Huffington Post on Monday.
The change falls under a law that says family members must agree on how to dispose of the remains of dead relatives—a term that has been expanded to include aborted foetuses.