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Beebe vetoes 12-week abortion bill

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LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has vetoed legislation that would have banned abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
    
The Democratic governor on Monday vetoed the bill that opponents say, if enacted, would be the strictest prohibition on abortions in the nation. It would ban abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat is detected using an abdominal ultrasound.
    
The Republican-led Legislature gave the measure final approval last week.
    
Beebe also had vetoed another measure banning abortions 20 weeks into a pregnancy, but the Legislature overrode that on Thursday.
    
Beebe has said both measures are unconstitutional and would open the state to legal challenges.
    
It takes a simple majority (51 percent) to override a governor's veto.

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