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Arkansas House approves tightening abortion ban to 18 weeks

by The Associated Press | February 25, 2019 at 2:38 p.m.

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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