A new Arkansas law reportedly gives men the right to sue doctors in a bid to stop them from carrying out an abortion on their wives.
According to CNN, the law – which has sparked considerable controversy – makes no exception for spousal rape.
The law is referred to as the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act and was made official by Governor Asa Hutchinson.
The main effect of the law prevents doctors from engaging in dismemberment abortions, which is the most common procedure used for second-trimester abortions.
A man’s right to sue comes into effect thanks to a clause in the law. It states that the husband must be the father of the child.
One lawmaker, Senator Missy Irvin, approves of the legislation.
“I think a woman does have control over her own body,” said Irvin. “But when you have created a life, you created a life with someone else.”
Lawmakers like Senator Joyce Elliott, on the other hand, see the bill as “putting the thumb on women to dictate what they can do and not do.”
Plenty of social media users are also making their voices known, with the general tone on CNN’s post appearing to be one of anger.
FOX News reports that the law will go into effect later this year. The outlet also reports, however, that the ACLU’s Arkansas chapter will be challenging the law in court before it goes into effect.