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Arkansas Holds Strictest Abortion Law in Country

By: Elizabeth Monte
Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013

The Arkansas House of Representatives voted Wednesday to override a veto on a 12-week abortion ban law, setting up the most restrictive abortion legislation in the nation.

A New York Times article labeled the Arkansas measure, which would take effect 90 days after the end of the legislative session, "by far" the country's most restricted ban on abortion. 12 weeks is typically the time when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention figures, reports the measure would make one of every 10 Arkansas abortions illegal.   

Most national news articles note the vast difference between a 20-week and 12-week ban noting that very few abortions take place after 20 weeks.  Roe v. Wade allows for abortion bans after viability, which is believed to be between 22 and 24 weeks.


 
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