Arkansas Legislature passes bill banning Planned Parenthood from public schools

Arkansas lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed a bill that would, if enacted, prohibit Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from providing resources to public schools.

Known as the “Arkansas Student Protection Act,” the bill passed the state Senate on Monday in a vote of 27-5, having previously passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of 73-18.

Also known as House Bill 1592 and sponsored by Republican state Rep. Mark Lowery, the legislation says that a “public school or open-enrollment public charter school” cannot knowingly “enter into any type of transaction” with an abortion provider.

Any school found to be violating the measure will “appear before the state board” to determine “Why this subchapter and division rules were violated” and “How to prevent the violation of this subchapter and division rules in the future.”

The bill has been sent to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, whose office has not yet indicated whether he will sign the bill, The Associated Press reports.

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