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UPDATE: House overrides Beebe's veto; 12 week abortion bill now law

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House vote to override Gov. Beebe's veto of the "Heartbeat Bill" House vote to override Gov. Beebe's veto of the "Heartbeat Bill"

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas House has completed a veto override that gives the state the toughest anti-abortion law in the country.
    
Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe had vetoed a ban on most abortions beginning in the 12th week of pregnancy. The GOP-dominated House voted 56-33 on Wednesday to override. The Senate overrode it Tuesday.
    
Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.
    
The 12-week ban won't take effect until this summer. Last week, the Legislature overrode Beebe's veto of a ban on most abortions starting in the 20th week of pregnancy. That law took effect immediately.
    
Abortion rights proponents have already said they'll sue to block the 12-week ban from taking effect. Beebe says the courts are likely to overturn both bans and that the state will waste money defending them.

COMPLETE COVERAGE
Ark. lawmaker proposes new abortion restriction (Jan. 28)
Ark. Senate passes measure to ban most abortions (Jan. 31)

Ark. Gov. suggests abortion bill unconstitutional (Feb. 4)

Ark. lawmakers delay vote on 12 week abortion bill (Feb. 12)
Changed abortion bill fails Ark. House panel vote (Feb. 14)
Ark. panel approves 12 week abortion ban (Feb. 19)

Poll: 3/5 of Ark. voters support proposed abortion ban at 12 weeks (Feb. 21)
Ark. Senate panel advances 12 week abortion ban (Feb. 27)
Ark. Senate approves 12 week abortion ban (Feb. 28)
Beebe vetoes 12 week abortion ban (March 4)
Override of Beebe's veto may open state to litigation (March 4)
State Senate overrides Gov. Beebe's veto on 12 week abortion bill (March 5)
House overrides Beebe's veto; 12 week abortion bill now law (March 6)
Ark. GOP lawmaker says machine didn't record vote (March 7)

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