Arkansas Legislature Puts Big Issues to Rest

by Mark Carter  on Friday, Apr. 19, 2013 12:00 am  

Also awaiting full Senate approval late last week, the Associated Press reported, was Beebe’s plan to cut the grocery tax if the state’s bonds for school desegregation payments decrease by $35 million over a six-month period.

First Abortion Lawsuit Filed

The first legal challenge to the law outlawing abortions beyond 12 weeks of a pregnancy was filed even before the Legislature adjourned.

Lawmakers passed — and then overrode Beebe’s veto of — a measure banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually at about 12 weeks.  North Dakota recently passed a law banning most abortions after six weeks.

The Arkansas law exempts cases of rape, incest, risk to the life of the mother, and fatal fetal disorders.

According to The Associated Press, the ACLU filed the suit on behalf of Little Rock doctors Louis Jerry Edwards and Tom Tvedten, who both provide abortions. 

The suit asks a federal court to strike down the law, which is set to take effect July 18.



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