Arkansas is trying to end abortions. This time, it’s all about the remains. H.B. 1566 is destined for the court room before it even goes into effect.
It is called H.B. 1566, or The Tissue Disposal Mandate Bill.
Now let’s play a game. What on earth might this bill be regarding? My first guess would be something to do with feminine hygiene. Maybe crazy old Arkansas wants to put some restrictions on how we dispose of sanitary napkins or something to that effect.
Man oh man how I wish my guess was correct, or even close! Unfortunately H.B. 1566 is yet another blow to women’s health. This bill, recently passed through the state’s 2017 legislative session, makes it illegal for any woman to pursue an abortion without first notifying the man who impregnated her. I know what many of you are thinking: this bill has to have some sort of clause regarding consent. It can not possibly be as crazy as it initially appears. Perhaps the intention is to better safeguard a biological father’s rights to being an involved party in decisions regarding their offspring right? “He was there at conception so he ought to be there through the whole process,” Republican Representative Kim Hammer, the bill’s primary sponsor, told Bustle. “I think that all life, from conception through birth and right up through death by natural causes, needs to be treated with dignity, respect, and also a unified approach to deal with the remains.” Really Mr. Hammer? That’s what you think is it? Well I am not sure what perfect world you live in, but here in the real (and often times very cruel) world that mentality is a dangerous clusterf*ck! You sir can go on ahead and lead this year’s annual Idiot Parade with this malarkey-filled bill.