Following Other States, Arkansas Governor Signs 'Trigger' Abortion Ban Bill

February 20, 2019 AT 8:05 AM

By Morgan Gstalter

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on Tuesday signed into a law a measure that would automatically ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

Hutchinson’s office said the governor signed the legislation, making it the fifth state with the so-called “triggered” abortion ban bill, the Associated Press reported.

The bills hinge on the belief that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn its 46-year-old decision and return authority to legalize abortion to the states.

The law ban most abortions except for medical emergencies if the country’s highest court overturned its previous decision. The state currently outlaws abortion 20 weeks into a pregnancy.

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