Arkansas Bill Regarding Forensic Samples from Aborted Fetal Tissue (HB 2024)
This law was last updated on Dec 19, 2017
HB 2024 would amend current law regarding the maintenance of forensic samples obtained from abortions performed on a child.
Current law requires a physician who performs an abortion on a child who is less than 14 years of age at the time of the abortion to preserve fetal tissue extracted during the abortion in accordance with rules adopted by the office of the State Crime Laboratory.
This bill would expand the requirement to include aborted fetal tissue from children up to the age of 17.
Passed the house on March 27, 2017, by a 84-0 vote.
Passed the senate on March 30, 2017, by a 31-0 vote.
Signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on April 7, 2017.
***U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction on July 28, 2017, blocking the state of Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including HB 2024.***