Arkansas Governor Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban

Feb 26, 2013

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has vetoed HB 1037, also known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

"House Bill 1037, if it became law, would squarely contradict Supreme Court precedent," the Governor said in a written statement Tuesday.

The Governor also said that he had concerns about the constitutionality of the bill and had to factor the potential cost to tax payers for lawsuits that would likely be filed against the state if the bill became law.

The bill passed by large majorities in both the House and Senate.