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Arkansas lawmakers look at rules for abortion ban

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 24, 2014 at 7:04 a.m. Updated January 24, 2014 at 11:37 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas legislators aren't raising any objections about the rules for enforcing a law approved last year banning most abortions at 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

Members of the House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Friday didn't ask any questions of state Health Department officials as they reviewed changes in the rules for abortion facilities that will incorporate language from the 20-week ban. The Republican-led Legislature enacted the restriction last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

The bill was one of two abortion restrictions that lawmakers approved by overriding Beebe's veto. A federal judge in May blocked enforcement of a law banning most abortions at 12 weeks while she considers a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.

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hah406 says... January 24, 2014 at 8:51 a.m.

Maybe they should discuss how they are going to defend the lawsuit that is coming right after they finish losing the one over the 12 week ban.

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