Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin has refused to include a proposed state constitutional amendment on the ballot that, if passed by voters, would create a limited right to abortion.
In a letter released last week, Griffin said he believed that the way the Arkansas Abortion Amendment was worded was misleading to potential voters, namely how it defined “physical health.” The amendment had defined “physical health” as “a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury … caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, or when continuation of the pregnancy will create a serious risk of substantial impairment of a major bodily function.”
Abortion is illegal in Arkansas except to save the life of a pregnant person in a “medical emergency.” The U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022 activated Arkansas’ “trigger law” regarding abortion.
Arkansans for Limited Government, a ballot question committee advocating for the passage of the amendment, “will work with the drafter to make the singular correction requested in today’s opinion” and “will promptly submit a third draft,” the group said in a statement.
If Griffin approves a proposed amendment, supporters must then collect 90,704 signatures from registered voters by July 5 to qualify for the November ballot.
Let’s thank Attorney General Griffin for his standing strong to protect Arkansas from enshrining pre-born child dismemberment into the state’s Constitution. May AG Griffin remain true to life and may he be an example for other AG’s keeping these diabolical amendments from destroying lives and our nation.