Martha Plimpton, co-founder of the women’s rights organization A Is For, and Irin Carmon, staff writer for Salon.com, appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell to talk about the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act.
“The Arkansas state legislature wants the state to have the most restrictive abortion ban in the country…” O’Donnell reports. The Republican-led legislature voted to override the Democratic governor’s veto.
The law bans abortions after 12 weeks if a heartbeat is detected. It does include exemptions for rape, incest and if the mother’s life is at risk, and any disorders that would cause the baby to die after birth.