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Arkansas seems to have taken a huge step back after Governor Asa Hutchinson signs a law banning abortions.

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The topic of abortion is a sensitive one.

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Abortion has long been known as a somewhat “taboo" topic, with women historically being forced to risk their lives in order to terminate their unwanted pregnancies.

The Roe V. Wade legal case marked a revolution that saved many women's lives.

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A 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, affirmed that a woman’s access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional human right.

But the right to an abortion has been dealt a heavy blow in recent years.

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Here in the U.S. the right to safe and legal abortion has been the law of the land for more than forty-five years and is a part of the fabric of this country. Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court dealt a huge blow to our right to access safe, legal abortion, however. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump, who had previously made a clear promise to nominate judges who would “automatically" overturn Roe v. Wade.

And, of course, the Alabama abortion ban sparked huge outrage and controversy...

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On May 14 2019, Alabama legislators passed a bill banning abortions. The passing of this bill has triggered an outcry across the world, with millions standing forward in support of women’s rights. Republican, Governor Kay Ivey, said after signing the bill: "The bill stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God."

4 other states have imposed a similar bill...

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Georgia, Kentucky, Mississipi, and Ohio have signed bills in recent months that ban abortions if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected. These are often referred to as “heartbeat bills," meaning abortion is banned after 6 weeks of pregnancy, when the fetus has fully developed a heartbeat.

It can feel as though we're going backwards...

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And there are still so many people who don't think women deserve the right to a safe abortion.

There is still a huge stigma attached to the topic.

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While it's now legal in many countries across the world, there's no doubt that abortion remains a taboo topic, with the right to a safe and legal abortion facing numerous challenges.

There seems to be no middle ground...

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Both pro-life and pro-choice activists feel very strongly about their views. Although there's no doubt that pro-lifers can go to extremes to air their views.

Often they will protest outside abortion clinics...

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These people, or anti-abortionists, as they are commonly referred to as, claim that they believe in “pro-life" and that terminating a pregnancy is up in the same ranks as “murder." And with phrases like “murderer" and “baby killer" often thrown about, it's no wonder so many women feel frightened and ashamed when it comes to abortion.

But what people don't understand is that the opposite of pro-life isn't abortion...

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It's believing that the right to choose what happens to your body is fundamentally important.

And now the Governor of Arkansas has signed legislation to ban abortions...

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Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson said he was signing the bill because of the "overwhelming legislative support and my sincere and long-held pro-life convictions."

And people are outraged...

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A number of abortion bans made by Republicans have recently been put in place that takes away a women's right to choose...

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The SB6 bill will ban abortions being carried out "except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency."

And women who break the law could be fined up to $100,000, as well as face a 10-year prison sentence.

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Hutchinson had previously shared his concerns about the lack of exceptions made for cases.

These concerns were repeated when Hutchinson announced his decision:

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"The ban is in contradiction of binding precedents of the US Supreme Court, but it is the intent of the legislation to set the stage for the Supreme Court overturning current case law."

Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, described the bill as "politics at its very worst."

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"At a time when people need economic relief and basic safety precautions, dismantling abortion access is cruel, dangerous, and blatantly unjust."

This law is scheduled to come into effect on May 3...

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However, the future of the law could be challenged.

Meagan Burrows, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project made it clear...

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Great Plains will challenge the legislation in court.

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