Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas signed into law one of the strictest abortion bans in the nation Tuesday. The new legislation bans the act in nearly every circumstance, with the sole exception of saving the life of the mother when it is determined that she would die carrying the baby to term.
Hutchinson had originally balked at the bill given that it did not include the standard exceptions permitting abortion in the cases of rape and incest. He said he eventually agreed to sign it as a result of "overwhelming legislative support and [his] sincere and long-held pro-life convictions."
Opponents of the new law have vowed to block it prior to it being enacted later in the year. But supporters are actually anticipating that judicial challenge, hoping that it will force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
Conservatives and pro-life activists are optimistic that the newly formed conservative majority on the high court could bring an end to the judicially imposed constitutional right to abortion.