Trump win buoys push for new abortion limits in Arkansas

AP News
Posted: Dec 01, 2016 2:26 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Arkansas are pushing for a ban on a commonly used second trimester procedure along with other restrictions.

They're buoyed by Republicans' expanded majorities in the Legislature and Donald Trump's election as president.

A Republican lawmaker said he planned to file legislation next week to prohibit a medical procedure called dilation and evacuation, or "D&E."

Abortion rights groups say the procedure is the safest and most common used in second trimesters.

Arkansas Right to Life says the measure is its top legislative priority when lawmakers convene in January.

Other limits being considered include banning abortion based on the fetus' sex.

The anti-abortion push in Arkansas is being echoed in Republican statehouses around the country and in Washington after the November election.