It’s official. The toughest ban on abortions is now a law in the state of Arkansas.
DETAILS: Say What?! Most Restrictive Abortion Law Takes Effect In Arkansas!
The Arkansas House of Representatives voted 56-33 to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s (D) veto to ban abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
According to HuffPost:
Under the new law, proposed by state Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway), doctors who perform abortions on a woman who is more than 12 weeks pregnant will lose their medical licenses unless the woman is a victim of rape or incest, her life is in danger or the fetus has a highly lethal abnormality. Republican supporters of the bill argue that abortion should be banned that early in a pregnancy because the fetal heartbeat can be detected at that point.
Beebe said he vetoed the bill on Monday because it violates the precedent set by the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which protects women’s constitutional right to have an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb (usually around 24 weeks).
“In short, because it would impose a ban on a woman’s right to choose an elective, nontherapeutic abortion well before viability, Senate Bill 134 blatantly contradicts the United States Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court,” Beebe said in a statement. “When I was sworn in as governor I took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend both the Arkansas Constitution and the Constitution of the United States. I take that oath seriously.”
DETAILS: If It Beats, You Keep! New Bill Bans Abortion If Fetus Has A Heartbeat
Let the pro-life, pro-choice protests begin. When a woman’s reproductive rights are involved, it’s a serious matter.
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