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Arkansas Legislature passes 20-week abortion ban

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published February 21, 2013 at 7:43 a.m. Updated February 21, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.

— The Arkansas Legislature has approved a bill banning most abortions in the state at 20 weeks into a pregnancy.

House lawmakers on Thursday voted 80-10 on final passage of the legislation and sent it to Gov. Mike Beebe.

Beebe said again on Thursday that he has constitutional concerns about the bill but declined to say whether he would veto it.

The measure includes exemptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother, but not for any lethal fetal disorders. The proposal is based on the disputed idea that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks.

The House was also considering on Thursday a separate proposal to ban most abortions at 12 weeks. That bill contains exceptions for rape, incest, risk to the mother's life and fatal fetal disorders.

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JIGGS65 says... February 21, 2013 at 5:40 p.m.

Food for thought for all those people out there from the those in the highest office of our nation to the least of our citizens. "What, I wonder would the world be like today if all the people who love abortion and are so in favor of it at any cost, moral or financial, were themselves aborted as a fetus?"

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Walklady says... February 21, 2013 at 9:30 p.m.

I am so sick of this abortion issue. My blood just boils every time I see an article in the paper, or on the news. This issue is a PRIVATE one, folks, between the woman and her partner. It is not your business, my business or the church's business, and it certainly isn't the federal government's business, or the state of Arkansas' business. I don't even know why it keeps coming up. All I can say, is I hope Jason Rapert and his idiot co-horts, all have daughters or granddaughters, who will someday find themselves in an unfavorable pregnancy--be it pregnancy by rape, incest, or the fetus has abnormalities. I bet their tune will change when it happens to them! They have NO idea what it is to raise a child with disabilities! And then to worry if a female child with disabilities will end up getting pregnant at some point. Women's rights are being taken away, and I don't see how this law can be constitutional, but nothing here in the south surprises me anymore. If you think a baby that comes from a rape, or incest, or has severe disabilities, is a " gift from god," you are sick! I'd like to see a law that forces all mentally challenged folks, male and female, to be sterilized. At least they'd be saved from unfortunate pregnancies. Furthermore, those of you who are for this abortion law should have to adopt an unwanted child and raise if for the next 18 years. I do believe, if this issue becomes law, women will be going back to coat hangar abortions. Too much taxpayer money is being wasted on this issue!

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