Arkansas legislature and governor spar over abortion

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March 14, 2013

Arkansas

By Joel Williams

Little Rock, Arkansas: Although Governor Mike Beebe (D) vetoed a bill prohibiting abortions after the 20th week, the new law will still take effect. The Arkansas State Legislature overturned his veto, needing just a majority vote in both chambers to do so. Beebe vetoed the piece of legislation because he felt it violated the law and precedent of Roe v. Wade, which allowed abortions up to 24 weeks. The current federal limit of 22 weeks was established in the 1992 Casey v. Planned Parenthood case.[1] After overturning the veto, the legislature passed a bill that banned most abortions after the twelfth week. Beebe vetoed this legislation as well, which the legislature again overturned. An interesting statistic in this back-and-forth is that while only 2 Democrats voted to overturn the veto on the 20 week bill, six voted for the 12 week bill.[2]

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