UPDATE: 20-week abortion bill heads to governor's desk
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - The Arkansas House passed a bill Thursday that would ban most abortions in the state at 20 weeks into a pregnancy.
KATV's Katherina Yancy was in the House chamber when representatives voted 80-10 in favor of the legislation. A previous version of the bill passed the House 75-20.
The newer version lawmakers sent to Gov. Mike Beebe's desk Thursday includes exemptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother, but not for any lethal fetal disorders. The proposal is based on the disputed idea that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks.
The House is also passed a separate measure to ban most abortions at 12 weeks into a pregnancy, known as the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act. The last item on Thursday's agenda, it also had the longest debate on the House floor. Speaking against the measure, Rep. John Edwards called it unconstitutional, saying, "I have to put my trust in women."
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