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LITTLE ROCK — A new anti-abortion bill filed in the Arkansas Legislature would require women to take abortion-inducing medication in the presence of the doctor and have a follow-up checkup days afterward.

Supporters of the bill say they want to prevent any instances of abortion medication being administered remotely through telemedicine -- a practice sometimes called "webcam abortion."

The bill was introduced Thursday by Republicans Rep. Julie Mayberry of Hensley and Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View.

They already have more than 50 co-sponsors.

Mayberry said the bill protects the lives of women and prevents any problems due to abortion-inducing drugs from being missed by a doctor. The bill was introduced days before a Sunday march being staged by the anti-abortion Arkansas Right to Life.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • mitchstoner
    January 15, 2015 at 3:13 p.m.

    This is messed up. Women have the right to choose to murder their babies with no interference whatsoever!

    Well I don't actually believe that, just posting to help out those who do believe in unrestricted access to abortion. I'm a helpful guy that way.

  • CarpeNoctis
    January 15, 2015 at 3:19 p.m.

    Guy, huh, which means you can't even have an abortion? Interesting, those with the loudest mouths have absolutely no skin in the game (which includes women who have aged out of the system).

  • mitchstoner
    January 15, 2015 at 3:37 p.m.

    No skin in the game? Surely you don't discount the absolute indisputable fact that every male in utero is as much at risk of becoming a victim of abortion murder, as any other unborn human. Capital punishment while totally innocent of any wrongdoing.

    But go ahead and fling out all your red-herring arguments. Abortion is still the killing of an innocent HUMAN, not a fish or amoeba or shrub or toadstool.

  • nwar
    January 15, 2015 at 4:50 p.m.

    a little biology lesson -- medical abortions (via drug) can only be done safely and effective during the earliest part of pregnancy -- well before 12 weeks. So, please, enough with your "baby murder" nonsense. The fetus at that point has no brain stem, no consciousness, feels no pain and is not a baby. It could become one, but it is not yet. If women can get these pills from their doctor, they'll get them from their pusher.

  • 23cal
    January 15, 2015 at 5:02 p.m.

    I see our new extreme right solons are wasting no time launching the expected culture wars. Quick, back to the Dark Ages!

  • mitchstoner
    January 15, 2015 at 5:08 p.m.

    You who think murdering the most defenseless human being is acceptable ARE in the dark ages.

  • mitchstoner
    January 15, 2015 at 5:11 p.m.

    And oh, the irony! You are largely the same persons who think state execution of a criminal who has committed heinous acts against his fellow man is barbaric and should be ended.

    Inconsistency, thy name is liberalism!

  • nwar
    January 15, 2015 at 6:18 p.m.

    No mitchstoner, I have no problem with the execution of clearly guilty murderers -- I do think the standard of evidence should be higher for capital offenses. Zygotes are not babies. If you think God put them there fine, you think that. But as far as I am concerned, it is the solely the business of the woman involved.

  • Skeptic1
    January 15, 2015 at 8:20 p.m.

    I am a to the right of middle independent woman. I am old enough to know how many women died every year at the hands of back-alley butchers because safe abortions were not accessible. When men are faced with this very personal and difficult decision their voice will mean something, until then, you're out of the loop.

  • Packman
    January 15, 2015 at 8:24 p.m.

    Hey nwr - You tip your immoral hand when you cannot even bring yourself to tell the truth about unborn humans with your use of sanitized terms like "fetus" and "zygote". And your statement "solely the business of the woman involved" is absurd considering she's NOT the only one involved. A little biology lesson -- it takes two people to make a baby. But more important than the sperm donor in the equation is the unborn child. Solely involved....AYFKM?
    Hey 23Cal - Wouldn't the wanton killing of innocent unborn humans be much closer to the Dark Ages than showing a reverence and respect for life?