Arkansas Senate overrides veto on abortion bill - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Arkansas Senate overrides veto on abortion bill

Posted: Updated:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Senate has overridden Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of legislation banning most abortions starting in the 20th week of pregnancy.

The law took effect immediately after the Republican-led Senate voted 19-14 on Thursday to override the Democratic governor's veto. The state House voted to override the veto Wednesday. A simple majority was required in each chamber.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas has vowed to challenge the new law, which is based on the disputed claim that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Similar laws passed in other states are facing court challenges.

Beebe says he thinks the new law contradicts the U.S. Supreme Court's 1976 Roe v. Wade decision and will be struck down. He says the state will waste money trying to defend it.

COMPLETE COVERAGE
Bills to restrict abortions pass Ark. House (Feb. 4)
Ark. Senate passes 20 week abortion ban (Feb. 13)
20 week abortion bill heads to governor's desk (Feb. 21)
Beebe vetoes 20 week abortion bill (Feb. 26)
House votes to override governor's veto (Feb. 27)
Ark. Senate overrides veto on abortion bill (Feb. 28)
Roll call from veto vote in Ark. Senate (Feb. 28)
Beebe: Override doesn't change concerns about abortion ban (Feb. 28)
Override of Beebe's veto may open state to litigation (March 4)
Many unsure who would police 20 week abortion ban (March 5)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police warn parents about criminal consequences of kids "sexting"

    Police warn parents about criminal consequences of kids "sexting"

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:09:53 GMT
    JACKSONVILLE (KATV) - Hormones run rampant in teens – it’s why the concept of sending lewd photos to one another seems so natural to them. But do they know that doing that can land them in some hot water?  More >>
    JACKSONVILLE (KATV) - Hormones run rampant in teens – it’s why the concept of sending lewd photos to one another seems so natural to them. But do they know that doing that can land them in some hot water?  More >>
  • Stolen Home

    Stolen Home

    Stolen Home

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:14:57 GMT

    One Lonoke County woman's dream of home ownership didn't last long.  She is facing eviction amidst allegations that her home is stolen.

    More >>

    One Lonoke County woman's dream of home ownership didn't last long.  She is facing eviction amidst allegations that her home is stolen.

    More >>
  • Update: Murder suspect turns himself in to LRPD

    Update: Murder suspect turns himself in to LRPD

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:52:02 GMT
    (KATV)-The Little Rock Police Department are looking for a man they say is a suspect in a homicide that occurred Monday night. Police say Bernard Sherrod, 20, was found shot outside of his apartment complex on Bryant street. "After detectives talked to the witnesses that were around there, they were able to develop Mr. [Darrell] Freeman as a suspect," said Lt. Sidney Allen of the LRPD.Police are considering Freeman to be armed and dangerous."Well right now they have a pretty good idea of who ...More >>
    (KATV)-The Little Rock Police Department are looking for a man they say is a suspect in a homicide that occurred Monday night. Police say Bernard Sherrod, 20, was found shot outside of his apartment complex on Bryant street. "After detectives talked to the witnesses that were around there, they were able to develop Mr. [Darrell] Freeman as a suspect," said Lt. Sidney Allen of the LRPD.Police are considering Freeman to be armed and dangerous."Well right now they have a pretty good idea of who ...More >>