Arkansas governor says extreme abortion law he signed into law should be “revised.”

The Arkansas governor has claimed he disagrees with the state’s ban on abortion in cases of rape or incest – despite signing the tough law into law.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson conceded in an interview with State of the Nation on Sunday that the state’s anti-abortion “trigger law” will lead to “heartbreaking circumstances” if the landmark Roe v Wade ruling is overturned, saying he believes that the state’s ban on doing so should be “overhauled”.

“While it is still life in the womb, life of the unborn, the conception took place under criminal circumstances, either incest or rape. So those are two exceptions that I think are very appropriate,” he said.

“And what will happen over time when Roe v. Wade is reversed, these become very real circumstances.

“I think the debate and discussion will – will go on and that could very well be revisited. I believe these exceptions will be important… overall, to save lives, because the public understands these exceptions and what they mean. So I think that will be picked up again.”

Arkansas is one of 13 states that have “trigger laws” that would immediately ban abortions in the state once Roe is overthrown.

Unlike some states, Arkansas does not make exceptions for pregnancies due to rape or incest.

The only exception is a medical emergency where the mother’s life is in danger.

Violators face up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $100,000.

The tough law was signed into law by Gov. Hutchinson back in 2019 and will take effect immediately if the Supreme Court overturns Roe.

The governor tried to evade responsibility for the ban, insisting he always wanted rape and incest to remain exceptions.

“Whenever I have signed this law, I have expressed my support for the exceptions of rape and incest,” he said.

“The life of the mother and rape and incest are two exceptions that I think should have been added that were not endorsed in the General Assembly.”

While he said he believed it would be “revised,” CNN’s Dana Bash pressed him that he had already signed the law and that the clock is ticking for him to push for changes since his term ends in January go.

“If you can’t change [the trigger law]that means girls who are still kids, 11 and 12 year olds, could be in this situation in just a few months in a very real way,” she said.

“These are heartbreaking circumstances,” he replied.

“When we passed these trigger laws, we were trying to … reduce abortions, but whenever you see such real circumstances, the debate continues and people’s will may or may not change.”

The governor’s apparent backtracking after enacting one of the toughest abortion laws in the country comes as women’s rights to health care and access to abortions are under threat across America.

Earlier this month, a bombastic draft advisory opinion was leaked from the Supreme Court showing a majority of justices want to crush Roe versus Wade.

The landmark 1973 ruling gave Americans a constitutional right to abortion.

If Roe is overturned, about half of all US states are expected to ban abortion altogether, with several Republican governors in their states already signing restrictive bills into law.

This week Oklahoma passed legislation banning all abortions at any stage of pregnancy, with the single exception of rape or incest, when reported to law enforcement. Arkansas governor says extreme abortion law he signed into law should be “revised.”

Bobby Allyn

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