Your State Sucks: Arkansas Sucks Because Your Legislature Hates Women:
Just to wrap your mind around this: Arkansas' legislature, overriding the governor's veto, has not just banned most abortions after 12 weeks in a dickish attempt to get the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade by, you know, completely violating Roe v. Wade, and this in a state with exactly one clinic that performs surgical abortions up to 21 weeks (although they are done for medical reasons at some hospitals). Now, the charmingly-named Representative Jason Rapert wants to defund Planned Parenthood completely, including "federal grants disbursed by the state to the group for education programs in Little Rock schools on sexually transmitted diseases," because abortion.
By the way, Arkansas ranks in the top ten in the United States for number of cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonnorhea, as of 2009, so, hey, why educate kids on STDs while you're on top?
Here's the part to see if you can grasp how backwards and fucked up this is: There are two Planned Parenthood Health Centers in all of Arkansas, one in Little Rock and one in Fayetteville. Neither of them offers surgical abortions, although both offer the abortion pill. Otherwise, they have "abortion services," which includes counseling on things like adoption, too. Two places to serve Arkansas. And it's a crisis.
Ask Texas how that whole "stopping abortion" thing is working out for them.
Hey, Arkansas, enjoy how much you're going to spend on the court challenges to the new abortion law. And if it goes into effect, enjoy how much you're going to spend on all the unwanted kids - you're #5 in teen pregnancy, but surely you can kick Nevada's ass to move up. But most especially, enjoy the syphilis.
Oh, by the way, your state ranked #4 for incidents of domestic violence, but, look here, all four of your congressional representatives and one of your senators voted against the Violence Against Women Act. So you get points for consistency of fuckery.