Slate’s Amanda Marcotte and Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, join Current TV’s John Fugelsang to react to a new abortion law passed in Arkansas called the Human Heartbeat Protection Act. The law would bar pregnant women from having an abortion if an ultrasound can detect a heartbeat, something that is possible at around 12 weeks — making it one of the most restrictive laws in the country.
“As in many other states, extremist tea partiers have taken over the Republican Party … and they’ve taken over some legislatures, obviously. Arkansas is one of them,” O’Neill says. She adds, “I don’t trust the federal courts anymore to protect women’s rights as much as they should, so we need to get those people out of office at the state level.”