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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' Republican governor has signed into law a measure banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, enacting one of the strictest prohibitions in the country.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed the measure, which includes exceptions for rape, incest and medical emergencies. Arkansas already bans abortion 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

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

The ban will take effect 90 days after the Legislature formally adjourns this year's session, which is expected to occur in May. A nearly identical 18-week ban has been sent to Utah's Republican governor.

Other states are poised to enact stricter bans. Kentucky lawmakers have sent the governor legislation banning abortion as early as six weeks, and several states legislatures are advancing similar measures.

Opponents have said they plan to challenge Arkansas' ban in court.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • Packman
    March 15, 2019 at 2:27 p.m.

    Showing respect for life. Nice. Very nice.

  • Seitan
    March 15, 2019 at 3:09 p.m.

    Here goes more of our taxpayer money down the drain.

  • Skeptic1
    March 15, 2019 at 7:31 p.m.

    Yes let's do some more political grandstanding about the unborn and ignore the 5,000 born in this state ripped from their families for profit.

  • eurekabae
    March 15, 2019 at 10:03 p.m.

    It is totally unconscionable for anyone to be able to govern a woman's body! I don't care who you are. This is a personal decision, for the woman herself, no one else! This is not selfish, nothing to do with the man in her life who impregnated her. Let's not let religious beliefs or other outside factors sway a woman's decision. Let her make her own, educated decision! Thank you.

    March 15, 2019 at 10:03 p.m.

    So Much Money will be wasted here, Governor may have to raise back the taxes He just gave to the rich to pay for this Ignorant Law that will be challenged and Lost again by the State. The People are being played for Fools