Ark. Senate overrides abortion ban veto

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward and give the state the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

There was no debate before the 20-14 vote. Beebe told legislators in his letter explaining his veto Monday that he believes the proposal is unconstitutional and conflicts with the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. But the bill’s sponsor said after Tuesday’s vote that he thinks the Democratic governor is wrong.

The House had yet to vote on whether to override the veto, but could vote on it by the end of the week.

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