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Arkansas House votes to override veto on 20-week abortion ban

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published February 27, 2013 at 2:08 p.m. Updated February 27, 2013 at 2:31 p.m.

Beebe vetoes 20-week abortion bill

Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed on Tuesday a bill that would have banned most abortions in Arkansas after 20 weeks of gestation. (By Lee Hogan)
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— The Arkansas House has voted to reaffirm a 20-week ban on most abortions, voting 53-28 on Wednesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto.

The state Senate still must weigh in. It has scheduled to vote on the veto override Thursday, according to the state legislature's website.

Beebe rejected the bill Tuesday, saying it violates the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion to the point where fetuses can survive outside the womb — usually 22 to 24 weeks. He also questioned the cost of defending the law in court.

The bill initially passed the House 80-10, and the Senate 25-7.

An override takes only a simple majority in Arkansas.


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MenLR2 says... February 27, 2013 at 2:47 p.m.

How freakin DUMB

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jeffieboy says... February 27, 2013 at 3:04 p.m.

This is why Republicans have a hard time gaining any real ground with mainstream America, especially the growing body of Independents and Libertarians. I have generally been conservative and usually voted against Democrats for the last 40 plus years. However, there are some very contenscious and deeply personal issues in society that are best left up to individuals to decide for themselves. Abortion is one of those issues. There are much more pressing problems looming that will effect not just people with unwanted pregnancies, but every living soul in the state. Our legislators should focus on those issues and leave personal choice alone. Most of all, keep religion and religious beliefs out of civil law and politics and sever ties between the pulpit and the throne. There is nothing more dangerous than letting the two mix. My Republican friends and my friend and aquaintance of about 20 years freshman Dan Douglas, need to see the larger picture and stick to more universally important things. The sessions are short enough with much work to do and issues like these are devisive and wasteful. Lets think about doing something to bring everyone together. Let's not emulate the "Great Divider", Barry Obama!

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LR1955 says... February 27, 2013 at 3:11 p.m.

Well ArkDemGaz, you need to use your FOI expert skills to quickly obtain a list of all 53 'yes' voters and post them in an article.

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Lesterday says... February 27, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.

I cannot believe this and I am printing a list of those who voted for it. I shall help target those to remove them from office in the next election. Im a grandparent, retired so have plenty of time to devote to help choosing sane legislators. Taking away a womens right to care for her own body is ---------------unprintable, demeaning and a means of control freaks foisting their opinion of what is "right" on the female population. I am prolife a professional health care worker helping birth babies and some of my own, nothing more profound! Requiring women to birth unwanted babies so others can maim or kill should be the issue as most do not choose to give the baby up for adoption. Birth control should be a mans responsibility as well as a womans and birth control of choice should be required of ALL insurance companies, if not then lets take away the insurance payment for Viagra. After all AARP noted a few years back that older/old men were now the leading cause of THE SPREAD of all STD's in the country. PSHAW

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Pacorabone says... February 27, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.

Amen...Amen... And Amen... May life be upheld, supported and preserved by all those who cherish it!!

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VoteRepublican says... February 27, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.

Ok I wasnt going to stop and comment on such a volitale subject, but i just cant not after the comments I have read on this so far. First and foremost I am prolife. So lets get that out of the way. However, while I am prolife there are situations that i feel a women should have the right to make her own moral choice and that is addressed in this bill. Most importantly, and I am not arguing Life as thats an understood, but we argue morals, convinence, a womens right to choose. Yes I agree its her body, but its only half her baby! Have you stopped to think about the father of the baby and the choices he has when it comes to abortion....thats right NONE! It has been always about the women...what if the father wanted the child, now he has to live with the selfish act of the wife, girlfiend, whatever you call the mother, who aborted your own child. Nevertheless the fact that abortion inside the fetus is unseen by the human eye as to how torchures this is...ripping the baby apart and grinding it up like a chuck of meat. Lets see how people fee about doing that same thing to a baby 1 day old. How can you define that its a womens right when the baby is in the womb but 1 day later when in her arms its murder? Lastly the moral point....yes I do think things should change....society has made women feel like its ok for abortions to happen...look for moral brochures in parent planning facilites...they dont teach morals and that you need to look to your faith as to if having a baby in high school is a time you should or shouldnt have an abortion. NO that has been left up to the parents that have morals or NOT. And those that dont and dont teach their own children, which is seemlying growing each year...parents that dont teach their kids morals....are the same children that are more apt to have an abortion. Lastly if abortions are less of an option and you dont want to be a mother then keep your pants on. I have said lastly more so then not, but this is a two way its time to man up...if we tell the women they cant have an abortion, then its time to be a father as child support be their for your kid and dont run off and if you are those types of men your dick should be chopped off because you arent a man and you dont deserve the tools that create life!

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Lesterday says... February 27, 2013 at 3:57 p.m.

jeffieboy----you are so right. Pressing problems, more than I have ever seen in my long life and seemingly less intelligent humans to deal with them. Crime against persons and businesses seem to be rampant in almost every section of our city. So many persons without jobs, constantly rising food prices and now fuel. We need to support the legislators that truly work for the folks that elected them; however once elected many if not most take off on their own special tangent.

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rainbowharold55 says... February 27, 2013 at 4 p.m.

These clowns are just determined to waste my tax dollars defending unconstitutional laws.

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TomN says... February 27, 2013 at 4:06 p.m.

Unfortunately, the specious arguments and hyperbole I have seen expressed so far have only added more heat than light to the subject at hand. This is not liberal versus conservative, Republican versus Democrat, etc. This is barbarism versus civilization. Bottom line, at some point life and individuality begin. And surely civilization and its ideals always respect life. The question is when does life begin? Some say at conception (historically the Catholic Church has strongly led this charge). Others say at viability (that is when survival can occur with outside assistance). Then others say at survive-ability (that is without outside assistance). Even the greatest minds agree, though, that at some point, there become two individuals, and it becomes not about just the mother any more. There becomes another life or individual to consider, etc. It has already been pointed out that of the thousands of abortions performed in Arkansas each year there were only 48 performed at or after 20 weeks this past year. Surely, excepting the exceptions where this law makes provision (rape, incest, etc.), we can all compromise and agree that an impregnated person can make a decision by 20 weeks into their pregnancy whether to carry full term. And, most surely, as a civilized people, we can agree that partial birth abortions are absolutely abysmal and immoral.... Just saying, can we not bring a little logic to the subject?

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VoteRepublican says... February 27, 2013 at 4:18 p.m.

TomN: you said "The question is when does life begin? Some say at conception (historically the Catholic Church has strongly led this charge). Others say at viability (that is when survival can occur with outside assistance). Then others say at survive-ability (that is without outside assistance)" My agrument to those that say its not a life till it can sustatain on its own is a hypocrite. Look at the elderly...those that can not feed we let them starve to death because they are "no longer alive" no we aid and care for them because they have a Voice....So for the unborn child that needs a little extra help to live....I am their Voice and so is Congress today!

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