Arkansas Senate Overrides Governor's Abortion Bill Veto

Arkansas Senate Overrides Governor's Abortion Bill Veto

Vote Thursday morning was 19-14, 20-week abortion bill takes effect now.
One day after the Arkansas House of Representatives overrode Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of an abortion limitation bill, the Arkansas Senate followed suit.

On a 19-14 vote, State Senators agreed to override the veto of HB 1037, a bill that would restrict abortions after 20 weeks. Eighteen votes were needed to override the veto.

Beebe said HB 1037 by Rep. Andy Mayberry (R-Hensley), the “pain capable abortion” bill, violated the U.S. Constitution and would cost taxpayers money through litigation.

Mayberry respectfully disagreed and pushed for the override of the veto of his bill.

“I think this is a great bill. It saves babies lives. This bill – even under the current Roe v. Wade ruling – is constitutional,” he said.

The bill will go into effect immediately now that both chambers have overridden the veto as it has an emergency clause provision attached to it.

The Senate also voted to send a 12-week abortion ban bill to Governor Beebe's desk.
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