WASHINGTON, D.C. (04-11-13) Today, Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest praised the state of Arkansas for enacting a piece of legislation which protects young girls from sexual predators.

“As a society we must be committed to ending the growing problem of sexual exploitation of young girls,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Our country needs more laws like these which ensure that protection from exploitation and violence does not cease when you cross state lines.”

Based on AUL model legislation, House Bill 1147 requires that forensic evidence be collected and sent to law enforcement if a minor under the age of 14 receives an abortion. This requirement will help to ensure that sexual predators are not able to cover up their crimes by coercing their victims into having abortions.  Additionally, the new law prohibits third parties from circumventing Arkansas’ parental involvement requirements by taking minors across state lines for abortions.

To learn more about AUL’s model legislation, click here.