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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a measure that would impose fines and prison time on doctors who perform abortions that are based solely on whether the mother wants to have a boy or girl.

The measure was signed Wednesday.

A physician performing the abortion would ask the patient if she knows the sex of the child. If she does, the doctor must let her know that it's illegal to have an abortion based solely on gender.

Doctors who violate the ban could face up to a year in prison and up to a $2,500 fine as well as civil penalties. The woman who receives or attempts to receive the abortion wouldn't face any criminal charges.

The Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights research center, says seven other states ban abortion for the purpose of gender selection.

The legislation would take effect in 2018.


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  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    March 29, 2017 at 5:11 p.m.

    GOOD !!!

  • HM2
    March 29, 2017 at 8:15 p.m.

    The woman is a murderer too. put her in jail too. And fine the living crap out of her.

  • JakeTidmore
    March 29, 2017 at 8:55 p.m.

    I hope you two idiots burn in Hell for what you've just said.

  • RBBrittain
    March 30, 2017 at 1:09 a.m.

    ADG grammar cops should know that Gov. Hutchinson also signed the bill renaming AHTD to the Arkansas Department of Transportation on Wednesday, though it won't go into effect till the non-emergency clause deadline (91st day after sine die adjournment). That should give you a little over 120 days to argue about whether it should be abbreviated "ADOT" (currently claimed by Arizona's DOT), "ARDOT", "ArDOT", or whatever -- though whatever Scott Bennett says *should* be final. :p