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Senate panel advances abortion restriction

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 30, 2013 at 11:20 a.m.

— An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced legislation that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, a move that would ban the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee endorsed the proposal by Republican Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway that would require a test for a fetal heartbeat before an abortion is performed in the state.

Rapert’s proposal would ban abortions if doctors detect a heartbeat.

The bill includes exemptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.

Similar proposals have come up in other states, but have faced complaints that it would violate the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion up until viability, usually at 22 to 24 weeks.

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Concerned_Citizen says... January 30, 2013 at 12:13 p.m.

I think legislators have other business they need to attend to and stay out of womens wombs!!!!!

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gabe816 says... January 30, 2013 at 12:24 p.m.

Concerned, so you are ok with the death of 3000 babies every day.

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ToTheLeft says... January 30, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.

They aren't "babies" yet. If they can live outside the womb, yes they are babies. Isn't the heart one of the first things to develop? A six week old fetus could NOT live outside the womb, I don't care how strong the heart beat. Also, I think rape and incest are the same.

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gabe816 says... January 30, 2013 at 12:40 p.m.

I don't have a problem with rape and incest. It's the 15 and 16 year olds out for a good time on Saturday night.

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diplod says... January 30, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.

Viability as a test for personhood ignores the children borne with neonatal life threatening conditions. The viability argument says these children may be killed. This is called euthanasia which is actually the crux of the abortion issue. May I kill my child?

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Jackabbott says... January 30, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.

These guys are perverts as they want women to pay more money to have someone probe them. We need a law in Arkansas wherrby all legislators have to be examined by a MD to ascertain if they have a functioning brain. Guess these guys are having a good ole time with this one. Almost as funny as guns in churches.
Hey what about jobs. $3 gas, bad highways etc???

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hah406 says... January 30, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.

Another waste of time and money by our legislature. When these idiots pass this clearly unconstitutional law, which has already been ruled as thus by the Supreme Court, are we going to have to pay even more tax money for the attorney general's office to try and defend it in court?

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aimee says... January 30, 2013 at 5:19 p.m.

State legislators should have nothing to do with this most difficult of decisions... It should be strictly between a woman and her doctor..!!!

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 30, 2013 at 6:50 p.m.

guns in churches, new abortions laws, drug testing, see what you got people by electing the right wingers to a majority, how many bills have been iintroduced for education, more community colleges, vocational schools, jobs, lower tuition, medicaid expansion, better roads, bridge repair.

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Populist says... January 30, 2013 at 7:06 p.m.

Whippersnapper,

There is something sick about men who are demanding that pregnant women be probed.

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