Charlotte England for the Independent writes:
A pregnant woman’s husband will have the power to stop her from having an abortion, even in cases of spousal rape, under a new law introduced in the US state of Arkansas.
Most second trimester abortions will also be banned by Act 45 – the Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act – which will make it possible for husbands to sue doctors who carry out abortions for civil damages, or get an injunction to block the termination.
The ACLU of Arkansas has said it plans to challenge the abortion law in court before it goes into effect later this year.
Six other states have passed nearly identical laws, and in all four states where the law was challenged ― Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and West Virginia ― it was struck down by the courts.
The Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe versus Wade protects a woman’s right to have an abortion up until the foetus would be viable outside the womb, around 22 weeks of pregnancy.