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LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas House panel has endorsed a proposal to ban abortion in the state if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 ruling that legalized the procedure nationwide.

The House Public Health Committee on Tuesday approved the proposal to ban all abortions, except for medical emergencies, if the Roe v. Wade decision is overturned or the U.S. Constitution is amended to prohibit the procedure. The ban is backed by abortion opponents who are optimistic the Supreme Court will support more sweeping abortion restrictions with President Donald Trump's two appointees.

[RELATED: Complete Democrat-Gazette coverage of the Arkansas Legislature]

The Senate approved the proposal last week. It now heads to the House for a vote.

Four other states have similar laws triggering abortion bans if the Roe v. Wade decision is struck down.


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  • RBear
    February 12, 2019 at 5:24 p.m.

    Another Busy Body bill sponsored by the other Busy Body legislator, Sen. Rapert. Maybe if these senators would focus on economic development we might actually see some substantial growth in the state. Instead, they have to look busy so they can milk donors for more campaign contributions.

  • dunk7474
    February 12, 2019 at 6:50 p.m.

    How many women were on the panel?? Transvestite Rapert should be jailed.

  • Dontcallmenames
    February 13, 2019 at 8:11 a.m.

    Sorry, but this IS an Arkansas value. Please move to another state like New York to continue baby killing.