Friday, January 29, 2016

Arkansas Board of Health Rejects Legislature's Description of Abortion

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat reports today that the Arkansas state Board of Health is setting up a confrontation with the state legislature.  The Board voted 12-6 (with 5 abstentions) to avoid using the phrase "death of the unborn child" in final regulations it is adopting, even though that language appears in statutes it is implementing.  The Board substituted the phrase "termination of the pregnancy" in the regulations that implement six abortion laws passed last year and parts of an older statute. The governor and the state Department of Health director expect the legislature to reject the new language in the rule review process that follows.