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First, something fun.Dig this classic Sex Ed movie from the golden age of school films titled simply “Sex Education for Girls” Part 1 and Part 2

Secondly, Arkansas’s first Republican legislature since Reconstruction has decided to flex their newfound power by stripping women of their reproductive rights.  A bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks has passed the Legislature been vetoed by the Governor and then had that veto OVERRIDDEN by the legislature.

Not content with this, they have also passed a 12 WEEK abortion ban which is currently on it’s way to the Governor for a (hopeful) veto.

If you’re in Arkansas and you care about a woman’s right to choose then PLEASE CHOOSE TO HELP by calling the numbers listed above and registering your support for women’s reproductive rights.

huffingtonpost.com
Arkansas revamps controversial "religious freedom" bill

Yesterday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson refused to sign a Religious Freedom Restoration Act closely resembling Indiana’s because the bill legalizes discrimination against LGBT people.

But it didn’t take long for Arkansas legislators to get to work on a new bill. The Arkansas State Senate has already passed an amended version of the bill, which uses much broader language to describe religious freedom. 

Hutchinson said at a press conference that he was seeking changes to make Arkansas’ legislation mirror the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993. Hutchinson previously had promised to sign the legislation. The surprising announcement came a day after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ® was forced to defend a similar law in his state. After facing a national firestorm, Pence called on Tuesday for new legislation that would clarify that his law does not grant businesses the right to deny services to anyone.

The Arkansas RFRA that passed through the legislature yesterday has broad language that is not contained in the federal RFRA. The Arkansas legislation currently extends the definition of “person” to include corporations, granting for-profit businesses a right to religious exercise. The legislation also allows any “person” to cite religion rights as a defense or claim in a private lawsuit.

We do not need more bills figuring out how to give people religious freedom. That is how the First Amendment works. This is a toxic solution to an imaginary problem, and no matter how many times we revise it in Arkansas or elsewhere, it will never be a good idea.