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House to take up override on abortion bill veto

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 6, 2013 at 7:07 a.m.


Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, right, greets Sen. Bobby J. Pierce, D-Sheridan, on the floor of the senate chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Pierce voted against an override of Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of Rapert's legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

The Arkansas House is attempting to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of legislation banning most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. If lawmakers are successful, Arkansas will have the strictest abortion prohibitions in the country.

The Republican-led House on Wednesday was expected to vote on overriding Beebe’s veto of the 12 week ban. The majority-GOP Senate a day earlier voted to do the same.

A simple majority is required in each chamber to override the governor’s veto.

The Democratic governor vetoed the 12-week ban Monday, citing constitutional concerns and worries about the cost of a likely legal challenge. Lawmakers last week overrode Beebe’s veto of a 20-week abortion ban.

If lawmakers are successful, the 12-week ban will take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.

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Walter says... March 6, 2013 at 12:03 p.m.

I see thousands of lawsuits that the taxpayers will end up paying for.

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ToTheLeft says... March 6, 2013 at 12:04 p.m.

Why don't these idiots work on catching criminals and stop worrying about what women do with THEIR OWN BODIES!!! Bunch of time-wasting- money-wasting, self-righteous morons.

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edo1962 says... March 6, 2013 at 12:12 p.m.

Amen! Override this. Give the Chldren a chance. Mom already made her choice

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mhck52 says... March 6, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

The 20-week ban was already nudging the viability portion of the Woe vs Wade decision. This 12-week version pushes it over the cliff. Yeah, lawsuits a-comin.

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VoteRepublican says... March 6, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.

I see lives being saved! Who cares about tax payers money, government wastes tax payers money elsewhere and lives are saved in the meantime if not for longer. Bottom line is if the women and i avoid saying parent, because a real parent doesnt abort their child, wants to have an abortion they will do so before 12 weeks. If after 12 weeks its discovered that the child will be a downs child or a child with deformaties, which is tested for around 20 weeks, then it shoudnt make a difference. Deformaties or not, its still your child and shouldnt be aborted for convinence sake! So if you fall in this catagory then make up your mid within 12 weeks! you certianly will know your pregnant by then and you should already know what your stance is on if you became pregnant as to if you would keep the child or people get off your soap box on 12 weeks is too soon. In my opinion it should be banned for these reasons at conception!

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VoteRepublican says... March 6, 2013 at 12:24 p.m.

ToTheLeft: I dont care what these women do to THEIR OWN BODIES! I care about VOICING FOR THOSE BABIES THAT CANT HAVE A VOICE OF THEIR OWN!

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ToTheLeft says... March 6, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

Vote Repub,

Get OVER it.

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JakeTidmore says... March 6, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

Interesting fact: brain activity in fetus cannot be determined until 27-28 weeks. Am curious why someone says they can speak for an organism with no brain activity. Is that due to experience or because they can relate to that state of mind?

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rainbowharold55 says... March 6, 2013 at 1 p.m.

jake, you the man!

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