Ark. lawmakers to discuss 20-week abortion ban

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013 file photo Julie Mayberry, right, wife of Rep. Andy Mayberry, R-Hensley, center, and Rose Mimms, executive director of Arkansas Right to Life, left, sit in a gallery after the Senate voted to override the governor's veto of Mayberry's bill banning most abortions in the 20th week at the State Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas also passed a law banning abortions from the 12th week, turning heads among abortion opponents eager to go further. But anti-abortion leaders and lawmakers in Arkansas and places where they’ve been most successful, still uncertain about how the U.S. Supreme Court and their state’s own courts would rule, are facing a dilemma: Do they continue with that approach or seek more dramatic policies that risk court rulings that could undo previous gains?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are reviewing the rules for enforcing a law approved last year banning most abortions at 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

Members of the House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Friday are scheduled to discuss changes in the rules for abortion facilities that will incorporate language from the 20-week ban. The Republican-led Legislature enacted the restriction last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

The bill was one of two abortion restrictions that lawmakers approved by overriding Beebe's veto. A federal judge in May blocked enforcement of a law banning most abortions at 12 weeks while she considers a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.

 

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