Arkansas Passes Most Restrictive Abortion Bill

Arkansas passes an abortion bill that is the most restrictive in the U.S. and goes against ruling of Roe v. Wade.

The Republican-controlled House and Senate of Arkansas overrides the veto by Gov. Mike Beebe to ban abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. This is now the most restrictive law in the country.

Though the law goes against the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, the House voted 56-33 to override the veto and 20-14 in Senate.

The point of this law is to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The original bill had the cut-off at six weeks. This was amended so that a transvaginal ultrasound would not be required and instead the women would be able to have an abdominal ultrasound.

As pointed out by Sarah Kliff, one in 10 abortions will now be outlawed in the state. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of abortions, 91.7 percent, will happen early in pregnancy, “prior to 13 weeks gestation.” But this still leaves out 10 percent of women.

The CDC data also “shows that no abortions (in Arkansas) happened after 20 weeks.”

While an earlier bill that denied women abortions after 20 weeks have not affected Arkansas, a 12 week ban would have a very large impact on the community.

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