A new bill has just made it out of Senate committee in Arkansas, putting a new twist on a state-mandated (although medically unnecessary) transvaginal ultrasound. Max Brantley from the Arkansas Times Reports:
The new twist is that instead of using the transvaginal ultrasound to shame women seeking abortions during early pregnancy, the wand would now be used as a tool of the state. The bill says the doctor cannot perform the abortion if a heartbeat is detected, and in early pregnancy the invasive wand is the only means of detection. This essentially gives women one week (possibly up to two weeks) to get an abortion after their pregnancy can be detected by a regular home pregnancy test.
State Senator Jason Rapert (R-Conway) is also proposing other bills against women during this session, one proposes that a pregnant woman has the right to shoot anyone that they believe poses an imminent danger to her fetus. He is sponsoring new variations on abortion limitations, waiting periods, and fetus defense EVERY DAY.
The Republicans have taken over both houses in Arkansas, and all indicators are saying this is going to pass.
I'm not sure what we can do about this now, so I'm going to suggest you give to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which serves Arkansas: