Arkansas House votes to override veto on 20-week abortion ban

Posted: February 27, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2013 at 2:31 p.m.

— The Arkansas House has voted to reaffirm a 20-week ban on most abortions, voting 53-28 on Wednesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto.

The state Senate still must weigh in. It has scheduled to vote on the veto override Thursday, according to the state legislature's website.

Beebe rejected the bill Tuesday, saying it violates the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion to the point where fetuses can survive outside the womb — usually 22 to 24 weeks. He also questioned the cost of defending the law in court.

The bill initially passed the House 80-10, and the Senate 25-7.

An override takes only a simple majority in Arkansas.

Beebe vetoes 20-week abortion bill

Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed on Tuesday a bill that would have banned most abortions in Arkansas after 20 weeks of gestation. (By Lee Hogan)
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so are Jon Wood and Micah Neal and Les and the rest of the folks from up here going to foot the bill for the legal defense on this clearly unconstitutional bill?

i know that they and most of the other Reps and Sen's who vote to override this are going scream and rant and rail about government waste and spending and such. how do they rectify that position and then vote to cost this state hundreds of thousands of dollars on a law that IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL ON ITS FACE?

too bad no one at this paper will ask that question.

Posted by: MartinBalsam

February 27, 2013 at 2:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I told you this was going to occur. It only unconstitutional until its declared unconstitutional.

Posted by: JailBird

February 27, 2013 at 9:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Of nine states which have tried the same law six have been ruled unconstitutional. Three, with a little twist, are pending.

Posted by: cdawg

February 28, 2013 at 1:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )