UPDATE: Ark. Senate panel advances 12-week abortion ban
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Senate committee has advanced a proposal to ban most abortions in Arkansas 12 weeks into a pregnancy, a day after Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed a less stringent ban on the procedure.
The Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Wednesday approved the revised version of Republican Sen. Jason Rapert's 12-week ban. Rapert's bill would ban abortions at 12 weeks if a heartbeat is detected using an abdominal ultrasound.
The panel approved the bill on a 5-2 vote, sending it to the Senate.
The Senate approved an earlier version of Rapert's bill that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks. It passed the House after Rapert made several changes.
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