Arkansas lawmakers send governor 18-week abortion ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation
banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy, a prohibition that
could be the strictest in the country.The House on Wednesday gave final approval by an 86-1 vote to the bill, which
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he supports. Arkansas already bans
abortion 20 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy. The five members of the North Central delegation, Representatives Nelda Speaks of Mountain Home, Jack Fortner of Yellville, John Payton of Wilburn, Marsh Davis of Cherokee Village and Michelle Gray of Melbourne, were among the 86 supporters.The House had approved an earlier version of the bill and on Wednesday backed
an amendment adding exceptions for rape and incest. The ban would be the
strictest in the country if enacted, though proposals to ban abortion earlier in
a woman’s pregnancy are advancing in several other state legislatures. Another
18-week ban is pending in Utah’s legislature.

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