Arkansas Senate approves 12-week abortion ban

    11:03 AM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
    Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Senate has given final approval to a bill banning most abortions in the state 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

    By a 26-8 vote Thursday, the Republican-led Senate approved the 12-week ban and sent it to Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's desk. Beebe has called the proposal unconstitutional, but has not said whether he'll veto the measure.

    Matt DeCample with Gov. Beebe's office says they will likely get the bill tomorrow and handle it with their next regular batch of bills that reach the governor's desk. Gov. Beebe is not saying until then what action he will take.

    The proposal originally would have prohibited abortions as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy, but it was amended to change that timeline and to add more exemptions after facing objections in the House.

    The ban includes exemptions for rape, incest, the life of the mother and lethal fetal conditions. Doctors who violate the prohibition would have their licenses revoked by the state Medical Board.

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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