Gov. Beebe Vetoes Another Abortion Bill
Gov. Mike Beebe today vetoed legislation that would prohibit most abortions after 12 weeks. The governor, in his veto letter, said Senate Bill 134 by Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, “would blatantly violate the United State Constitution” if it became law.
Governor Mike Beebe vetoed Senate Bill 134 Monday afternoon, his office said. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) would limit abortions in some instances to as soon as 12 weeks. Known as the "fetal heartbeat" bill, to describe that an abortion could not be undertaken if a heartbeat were detected, did provide for some exceptions, such as rape, incest and the mother's health.