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Update: Arkansas lawmakers look at rules for abortion ban

Posted: January 24, 2014 - 8:57am
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.   AP Photo/Danny Johnston
AP Photo/Danny Johnston
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.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas legislators aren’t raising any objections about 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 didn’t ask any questions of state Health Department officials as they reviewed 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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