Ark. House passes bill to limit most abortions

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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 21 at 6:03 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House has approved a bill to ban most abortions in the state at 12 weeks into pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Representatives passed the bill on a 68-20 vote Thursday with two members voting present. The bill contains exceptions for rape, incest and risks to the mother's life and the House added an amendment to include an exception for certain fetal disorders.

The bill now goes back to the Senate — which must approve the House amendment. The original version of the bill passed the Senate 26-8.

Gov. Mike Beebe has said he has constitutional concerns about the bill but has declined to say whether he will veto it.

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