Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:11 PM
DonViejo (5,890 posts)
Ark. Senate passes measure to ban most abortions
BY BY ANDREW DEMILLO AND MICHAEL STRATFORD
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to prohibit most abortions if a heartbeat is detected, ignoring warnings from opponents that banning the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy would invite lawsuits.
If enacted, the ban would be the most stringent in the nation. The Ohio House passed a similar ban in 2011, but it was sidelined in the Senate last year over concerns that it might be found unconstitutional. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe told reporters Thursday that’s the same concern that he’s researching.
“I’m waiting on lawyers. I think that’s the big concern right now — does it run afoul of the Supreme Court or constitutional restrictions?” Beebe said. “That’s the first thing we’re looking at.”
The Senate approved the new ban the same day that a House committee advanced two other abortion restrictions, part of a package of legislation anti-abortion groups believe are poised to become law now that Republicans control the state General Assembly.
Read more: http://www.salon.com/2013/01/31/ark_senate_passes_measure_to_ban_most_abortions_2/
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Ark. Senate passes measure to ban most abortions (Original post)
Response to theaocp (Reply #2)
Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:27 PM
SciFiRK (27 posts)
3. I don't have much faith
Arkansas has such good ol boy politics, as a Dem he should veto automatically, but you notice he just said he'll see what the lawyers have to say. Covering his behind.
Response to SciFiRK (Reply #3)
Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:45 PM
Art_from_Ark (18,796 posts)
6. It shouldn't matter what the lawyers think
Governor Beebe has every right to veto this legislation.
I wonder, though if the real reason he is hemming and hawing about this, has to do with the Democrats' prospects in the next gubernatorial election, given that the R's now control the legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. The conservatives definitely have the upper hand in the state right now, and given the number of one-issue voters in the state, Beebe might be thinking about a potential backlash that could usher in Governor Hutchinson in the next election.
Response to DonViejo (Original post)
Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:27 PM
xxqqqzme (13,509 posts)
4. This must be some sort of record.
The entire Arkansas Senate is comprised of MDs. I think that is remarkable. Surely only persons w/ medical training and education would allow legislation like this.
Better dead than red. "It takes nerve to be a Democrat, but it takes money to be a Republican." Will Rogers
Response to iandhr (Reply #5)
Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:48 AM
AtheistCrusader (17,231 posts)
8. Let them secede.
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Go form Arkansasistan.
Ok, that's sarcasm, but damn this shit is getting old.
I am a 'peace purist' and proud of it. If that pisses you off, you are exactly the sort of person I want to piss off.