Beebe vetoes 12-week abortion ban, Senate to attempt an override

Gov. Mike Beebe stuck to the same rationale he used to veto last week’s 20-week abortion ban — quickly overridden in the House and Senate — when he vetoed this morning a measure that would ban abortions at 12 weeks.

The legislation, proposed by Sen. Jason Rapert, would have made illegal any abortion performed if a fetal heartbeat could be detected at 12 weeks. Many opponents have called the proposal one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country and, like Beebe, believe the law could prove unconstitutional, in violation of Roe v. Wade.

Republicans hold slim majorities in both chambers with 51 of 100 seats in the House 21 of 35 seats in the Senate. They used that majority last week to override Beebe’s veto of a 20-week abortion ban, the so-called “fetal pain” bill.

Overriding the veto will require a simple majority in the House and Senate — the latter of which is expected to attempt an override this afternoon, according to

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