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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:11 PM

Ark. Senate passes measure to ban most abortions

Source: AP


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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DonViejo Jan 2013 OP
SciFiRK Jan 2013 #1
theaocp Jan 2013 #2
SciFiRK Jan 2013 #3
Art_from_Ark Jan 2013 #6
xxqqqzme Jan 2013 #4
iandhr Jan 2013 #5
Smilo Feb 2013 #7
AtheistCrusader Feb 2013 #8

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:15 PM

1. Where's the protest starting?



I'll get my signs ready.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:22 PM

2. What's the guv's take on this legislation?

He's at least a Dem on the surface.

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Response to theaocp (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:27 PM

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.

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Response to SciFiRK (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:45 PM

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.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:27 PM

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.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:36 PM

5. How can we put a stop to all this?

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Response to iandhr (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:40 AM

7. Well that is a tough one - I was going to say abort republicans

.......... but they don't have hearts, so.....................

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Response to iandhr (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:48 AM

8. Let them secede.

Go form Arkansasistan.


Ok, that's sarcasm, but damn this shit is getting old.

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