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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas House has approved a proposal banning abortion 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, moving the state toward enacting what could be the strictest prohibition in the country.

The House on Monday approved the ban by a 77-13 vote. The measure now heads to the state Senate.

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

Arkansas already has some of the strictest abortion laws in the country and bans the procedure 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy. The state's Republican governor last week signed into law legislation banning abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized the procedure nationwide.

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Archived Comments

  • Seitan
    February 25, 2019 at 2:55 p.m.

    Just don't have an abortion. And keep your grubby government hands off of women's bodies.

  • Knuckleball1
    February 25, 2019 at 4:46 p.m.

    This decision should be between the Woman and how she believes and her family. The Crooks and Thieves should never have a say in this matter.
    ........................

    The Crooks and Thieves do everything in their power to throw up all the road blocks possible to prevent a woman from feeding her child, taking them to a doctor, and a good education if she can't afford to do those things and is part of the working poor.

  • mrcharles
    February 25, 2019 at 5:21 p.m.

    Silly humans, like in congress on discussions of whether or not the divines can be so offended due to their beliefs to allow women and their doctors , unlike men with viagra, had the patriarchs and male divines appear and pronounce that , we be taking care of our women, we of course know what best , as we have through history treated them with the most respect... see bible stories of saving the ones what have not lay with man for , uh, stuff.

    remember aids is bad but not as bad as condoms, how else can you have women forced to have sex become martyrs?

  • Spencery
    February 25, 2019 at 7:20 p.m.

    How about exercising some personal responsibility and don't get pregnant in the first place!!!!!

  • Popsmith
    February 26, 2019 at 12:05 a.m.

    Abortion is still murder.

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