Arkansas governor vetoes bill to ban abortions past 12 weeks
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March 4th, 2013
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Arkansas governor vetoes bill to ban abortions past 12 weeks

(CNN) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed a bill Monday afternoon that would have prohibited abortions if a fetus's heartbeat could be detected 12 or more weeks into a pregnancy.

Called the "Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act," the bill would have required testing to determine "whether the fetus that the pregnant woman is carrying possesses a detectible heartbeat."

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  1. 2012liberal

    Unfortunately congress will over ride his veto like all the bills he has vetoed b cuz he has 2 deal with a congress full of bat scat loon right wingers. Stay strong govenor the calvery will arrive n 2014. Maybe 2 late 4 a lot of unfortunate women but maybe it will light a fire and make these women not so complaciant. Yr rights r GONE n a stroke of a pen!

    March 4, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. The Perfesser

    We cannot have a reasonable discussion about abortion until we acknowledge that BOTH potential parents must be part of the decision-making. We seem very content to leave the abortion decision (and criticism for it, no matter what decision she makes) up to females and, in doing that, send a message to men that their ideas or preferences are not worthwhile. We do that a lot to Fathers.

    She did not become pregnant by herself. She must not have to make decisions about the pregnancy by herself. If we REALLY wanted to know how to identify the sperm donor, science could solve that problem pretty darn fast. We just don't want to know and therefore cause a man to have to take responsibility.

    March 4, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Pete

    Another DINO who'll see his end at midterms.I as a democrate couldn't disagree more on his stance after what I read today on a doctor using scissors to cut spinal cords to terminate babies ..What has this world come too when doctors ,politicians the ones once held in high regard now in the same gutters as common criminals,just sickening,pathedic!!Most have lost my respect and it'll take a lot to regain it!!

    March 4, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This pre-occupation with abortion is crazy. If these pro-birthers are really want to do something, then they should all volunteer to take the babies so that there are no abortions.

    March 4, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  5. Larry L

    An earthworm has a detectable heartbeat. Single-celled organisms have circulatory systems. So do parasitic creatures. Republicans tend to fear science yet try to use it to their advantage when possible. A government NOT TRYING TO BE A "NANNY STATE" will leave these decisions to a woman, her doctor, her spiritual adviser (if any), and her spouse. You can't have "small government' where you control the biological and reproductive functions of women's bodies.

    March 4, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  6. Name lynn

    Arkansas governor you done right, to veto that abortion bill. Who care about what the people say thats a baby life.

    March 5, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  7. Pedro's

    Abortion is murder unless the mother was raped or in bad health

    March 5, 2013 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  8. Marie MD

    What everyone, mostly women, should be more concerned about is that religion (catholics) and rehugs are keeping women's reproductive rights in the BC era.
    What women need to help preventy abortions is birth control (oh right, Planned Parenthood clinics are being closed) the pill after (oh right, catholic church is against it) and maybe less cialis and viagra commercials and more aid for women to buy contraceptives.

    March 5, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |