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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:51 AM

Arkansas Abortion Bill Vetoed By Governor Mike Beebe

Source: Huffington Post

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday vetoed a ban on most abortions in Arkansas at 20 weeks into a pregnancy, setting up an override fight with a Republican-controlled Legislature that has been pushing for more restrictions on the procedure.

Beebe said he vetoed the ban, which is based on the disputed belief that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks, because it runs afoul of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion until the point where fetuses can survive outside the womb, usually at 22 to 24 weeks. The Republican sponsor of the measure said he'll seek to override Beebe's veto.

"Because it would impose a ban on a woman's right to choose an elective, nontherapeutic abortion before viability, House Bill 1037, if it became law, would squarely contradict Supreme Court precedent," Beebe said in his veto letter. "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."

Beebe also cited the cost of a potential lawsuit if the state enacted the ban. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas has said it would likely sue if it went into effect.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/26/arkansas-abortion-bill-vetoed_n_2767940.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

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Behind the Aegis Feb 2013 OP
Drunken Irishman Feb 2013 #1
BlueToTheBone Feb 2013 #9
DreamGypsy Feb 2013 #2
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #3
SpartanDem Feb 2013 #4
Seeking Serenity Feb 2013 #8
sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #13
onestepforward Feb 2013 #5
Heidi Feb 2013 #6
Behind the Aegis Feb 2013 #7
Heidi Feb 2013 #10
Beacool Feb 2013 #11
sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #12

Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:56 AM

1. Could Beebe be plannin' a run for presidential run in 2016?

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:24 AM

9. Doubtful. n/t

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:59 AM

2. Thank you, Mr. Beebe.

Voices of reason are always welcome.

As I was passing through Arkansas, I saw a saw that could out-saw any saw I ever saw; so if you pass through Arkansas and see a saw that can out-saw the saw I saw, I'd like to see the saw you saw saw!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:22 AM

3. (Gasp!!!) A REAL Democrat! With a SPINE!!!!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:29 AM

4. I hope we remember this with a few dollars when he's up for reelection.

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Response to SpartanDem (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:19 AM

8. He can't run for re-election, not as governor

He's term-limited.

Not sure what he's gonna do in 2014. He may just retire. He's been in Arkansas politics for 30+ years.

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Response to SpartanDem (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:39 AM

13. Bill Halter (who primary challenged Blanche Lincoln in 2010) is running for governor.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:01 AM

5. Totally awesome news!

Now that's something to celebrate!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:45 AM

6. Kick!

And good morning, BtA!

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Response to Heidi (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:40 AM

7. Thanks! And happy day to you!

I sent you a special PM! I hope you like it!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:05 AM

10. !!!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:42 AM

11. Thank you, governor.

It' a pity that he'll be out of office by 2014. They will probably elect some RW nut. If anything, Clinton and Beebe were anomalies. AR is even more conservative now than in Clinton's time.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:36 AM

12. So, this week he'll get the amended 12-week, 'heart beat' bill to veto.

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