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Senate panel advances 12-week abortion ban

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 27, 2013 at 10:39 a.m.

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FILE - Visitors to the state Capitol walk up the steps leading to the Senate chamber Jan. 11, 2013.

— A Senate committee has advanced a proposal to ban most abortions in Arkansas 12 weeks into a pregnancy, a day after Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed a less stringent ban on the procedure.

The Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Wednesday approved the revised version of Republican Sen. Jason Rapert’s 12-week ban. Rapert’s bill would ban abortions at 12 weeks if a heartbeat is detected using an abdominal ultrasound.

The panel approved the bill on a 5-2 vote, sending it to the Senate.

The Senate approved an earlier version of Rapert’s bill that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks. It passed the House after Rapert made several changes.

Beebe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have banned most abortions 20 weeks into a pregnancy.

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br559 says... February 27, 2013 at 2:32 p.m.

Don't those idiots realize it will be DOA when it reaches the Gov's desk? And if they override the veto they will get spanked in Fed. Court. Adjourn and go home, enough damage has already been done!

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NoCrossNoCrown says... February 28, 2013 at 12:36 a.m.

....beginning to think that (R) stands for retarded
Everyday this new ledge sinks to a new low and continues to dig
God, please let this nightmare end soon
and let the go home before they do anymore damage

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