Arkansas Senate passes bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:41pm EST

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled Arkansas state Senate approved a measure on Monday to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in the case of rape, incest or to save the mother's life.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the Senate, 25-7, with amendments that allowed for the exemptions in the case of rape or incest. An earlier version of the bill that passed the Republican-controlled House allowed exemptions only for pregnancies that threatened the mother's life.

The bill, which shortens the existing limit of 25 weeks, now returns to the House for consideration of the Senate amendment.

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe has not said whether he would sign the bill into law.

Seven U.S. states have laws that restrict or ban abortion after the 20-week mark and similar laws approved in Arizona and Georgia are facing legal challenges.

Late-term abortions remain relatively rare. Most of the recent state laws banning most abortions after 20 weeks are based on hotly debated medical research suggesting a fetus feels pain starting at 20 weeks of gestation.

(Reporting by Suzi Parker; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Dale Hudson)

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reality-again wrote:

Feb 18, 2013 7:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Gigimoderate wrote:
Here we go….these old white men Republicans and their vagina laws….abortions are very rare over 20 weeks if ever…..but they keep inching ever so close to make it totally illegal.
How many abortion bills have the Republicans introduced since 2010= 235
Oh….but it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs…..

Feb 18, 2013 8:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
zepryti wrote:
Abortions will be preformed in the back alley like they were before ROE v WADE!

Feb 18, 2013 10:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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