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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has signed a brand new regulation that may permit a monument close to the state Capitol marking the variety of abortions carried out in Arkansas earlier than the U.S. Supreme Court docket struck down Roe v. Wade.
Sanders’ workplace mentioned Friday evening that the Republican governor signed the invoice that may permit the creation of a privately funded “monument to the unborn” on the Capitol grounds. The invoice, permitted by lawmakers final week, requires the secretary of state to allow and organize the location of the monument.
It additionally requires the Capitol Arts and Grounds Fee to supervise the choice of the artist and the design of the monument, with enter from anti-abortion teams.
A regulation Arkansas permitted in 2019 banning practically all abortions took impact final 12 months when the U.S. Supreme Court docket struck down the 1973 Roe resolution. Arkansas’ ban solely permits abortions to avoid wasting the lifetime of the mom in a medical emergency.
Tennessee lawmakers permitted laws in 2018 permitting the same privately funded monument on its Capitol grounds. The monument has not but been put in.
Arkansas’ proposal confronted opposition from some anti-abortion Republicans who mentioned it was counterproductive, and Democrats who mentioned the monument proposal was divisive.
Different monuments on the state Capitol grounds embrace a sculpture of the 9 Black college students who built-in Little Rock Central Excessive College. A Ten Commandments monument was put in on the Capitol grounds in 2018.