Arkansas governor vetoes ‘blatantly’ unconstitutional 12-week abortion ban

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, March 4, 2013 16:32 EDT
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Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) on Monday vetoed the most restrictive anti-abortion proposal in the nation, which would have banned abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

In a statement, Beebe said the legislation “blatantly contradicts the United States Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court.” In its Planned Parenthood v. Casey ruling, the Supreme Court upheld a woman’s right to obtain an abortion prior to 22-weeks of pregnancy.

“When I was sworn in as Governor I took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend both the Arkansas Constitution and the Constitution of the United States. I take that oath seriously,” the governor added.

The Republican-led legislature approved the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act last week. Supporters of the legislation said the state should prohibit abortion once an ultrasound was able to detect the heartbeat of a fetus.

Last week, Beebe vetoed a bill that would ban all abortions after 20-weeks of pregnancy. However, the Arkansas legislature voted to overturn the governor’s veto.

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[Image via Arkansas governor's office.]

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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