The U.S. House today passed two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting women who seek abortions.
Arkansas’s four congressman — French Hill, Bruce Westerman, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack — voted no.
One bill would codify abortion rights that existed under Roe v. Wade. Another would prohibit punishment of a woman or child who decides to travel to another state to get an abortion. It specifies that doctors can’t be punished for providing reproductive care outside their home state.
Arkansas congressmen thus indicated they support punishing women and doctors for legal actions in another state.
The bills likely can’t pass the Senate, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she hopes to develop an abortion access bill with a chance of Senate passage. It’s unlikely she can craft any mreausre that Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton would support.