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Arkansas House panel approves fetal-pain bill

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 31, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

— An Arkansas House panel has advanced a proposal that would ban abortions starting at the 20th week of a woman’s pregnancy on the basis of the disputed notion that a fetus is capable of feeling pain at that point.

Lawmakers on the House public health committee voted by voice Thursday to approve the measure. Several members dissented.

The proposal includes some exemptions for the medical health of the mother but not for rape and incest.

The committee heard testimony from opponents and supporters of the bill, including medical doctors on both sides of the issue.

Separately, lawmakers on the committee also advanced a bill that would prohibit most abortion coverage offered by Arkansas insurers under part of the federal health overhaul.

That proposal does include rape and incest exceptions.


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JakeTidmore says... January 31, 2013 at 4:54 p.m.

Another pro-rape law. If one of these lawmakers supporting this measure were to move, I hope the neighborhood gets warnings like they do for pedophiles and sex-criminals. They are about the same level of scum.

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arkansas5000 says... January 31, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.

You know these abortion doctors are just going to start saying that every women's life is endangered OR telling the women to lie and say they were raped or a victim of incest. Give me a break . . . these clinics will find a way to make their money off of scraping a part little babies. Pathetic!!

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lirbro says... January 31, 2013 at 8:07 p.m.

The law of the land is: a woman has the right to a legal abortion within the time frame set down by the Supreme Court. This is so much posturing and wasting our tax dollars. Where are the jobs, Republicans? Lay off women and get to work on the economy.

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logicchecker says... January 31, 2013 at 10:07 p.m.

This is so wrong. A recent article stated that 66% of the births in Arkansas last year were covered by Medicaid. The legislators proposing and voting for these bills should be ashames of themselves. The same people who want to make it more difficult to terminate a pregnancy are the ones who don't want insurance policies to cover birth control of any type. Where is the logic (regardless of any individual's religious opinions) in making it more difficult for any woman to deal with an unplanned pregnancy? Many women aren't even aware of a pregnancy (especially in cases of failed birth control methods) until much later than 6 weeks. Abortion is legal in this country. It should be safe, and we need to protect access and privacy for those individuals who have to make the difficult decision.

This is a major step backwards for women's rights.

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aimee says... January 31, 2013 at 10:32 p.m.

When are these Yahoos going to get on with "the state's business" and leave women's medical concerns to them and their doctors..???

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TimberTopper says... February 1, 2013 at 5:20 a.m.

These lawmakers must have been in the slow learners classes all the way through their education years. While they may think Arkansas is a red state, they need to reconsider that thought. And if they oppose womens rights, they can flip and also oppose gunowners rights. However it's fine to pay for some expenses for having a girlfriend on the side from campaign funds. Looks like the trend to become a politician has developed a requirement from the Republicans. Must also have a low IQ!

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