2019 Arkansas Code
Title 5 - Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 6 - Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, or Welfare
Chapter 61 - Abortion
Subchapter 3 - Arkansas Human Life Protection Act. [Effective if Contingency in Acts 2019, No. 180, § 2 Is Met]
§ 5-61-304. Prohibition.

Universal Citation: AR Code § 5-61-304 (2019)
  • (a) A person shall not purposely perform or attempt to perform an abortion except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency.

  • (b) Performing or attempting to perform an abortion is an unclassified felony with a fine not to exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or imprisonment not to exceed ten (10) years, or both.

  • (c) This section does not:

    • (1) Authorize the charging or conviction of a woman with any criminal offense in the death of her own unborn child; or

    • (2) Prohibit the sale, use, prescription, or administration of a contraceptive measure, drug, or chemical if the contraceptive measure, drug, or chemical is administered before the time when a pregnancy could be determined through conventional medical testing and if the contraceptive measure, drug, or chemical is sold, used, prescribed, or administered in accordance with manufacturer instructions.

  • (d) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section if a licensed physician provides medical treatment to a pregnant woman which results in the accidental or unintentional injury or death to the unborn child.

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