Arkansas Is Close To Creating The Toughest Anti-Abortion Law In The Country
In response to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe's veto on a proposed law banning most abortions after the 12th week during a pregnancy, the State House and Senate has overridden his veto.
The Republican-controlled House voted yesterday 56-33 to override the veto. The Senate did the same on Tuesday. Fifty Republicans and six Democrats supported yesterday's vote. In Arkansas, each house only needs a simple majority to override a veto.
The law would ban most abortions after 12 weeks into a pregnancy. There are exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or harm to the mother.
And, of course, a vote like this is not without a problem. Representative Randy Alexander of Fayetteville was the only Republican listed not voting yesterday on the override. Alexander said he voted "yes", but his machine did not record his vote.