Arkansas Senate Votes to Override Veto of 12-Week Abortion Ban
March 5, 2013
The Arkansas Senate voted today to override Governor Mike Beebe’s veto of legislation that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
This bill is the most extreme and earliest ban on abortion care in the entire country, and it is blatantly unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has consistently held that states may not ban abortion care before viability. We applaud Governor Beebe for vetoing this unconstitutional abortion ban.
The 12-week ban is just the latest attempt by anti-choice legislators to restrict women’s access to abortion care. Last week, the Arkansas House and Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto of a 20-week abortion ban, which took effect last week.
If the House votes to override the 12-week ban, it would take effect this summer unless it is enjoined.