LITTLE ROCK (AP) - An amended version of a bill to ban most abortions in Arkansas at 12 weeks into a pregnancy has failed to clear a House panel.
The House Public Health Committee on Thursday voted 10-6 in favor of the new version of the bill, falling one vote short of the majority needed to pass the measure.
Earlier this week, the bill's sponsors amended the legislation to add exemptions for medical emergencies and for lethal fetal disorders. They also removed criminal penalties for doctors who violate the restriction.
Republican Rep. Ann Clemmer, the bill's House sponsor, said the measure failed to garner enough support because some proponents of the original version didn't like the new exemptions. She said she doesn't plan to change the bill further but will try again next week.COMPLETE COVERAGEArk. lawmaker proposes new abortion restriction (Jan. 28)Ark. Senate passes measure to ban most abortions (Jan. 31)Ark. Gov. suggests abortion bill unconstitutional (Feb. 4)Ark. lawmakers delay vote on 12 week abortion bill (Feb. 12)Changed abortion bill fails Ark. House panel vote (Feb. 14)Ark. panel approves 12 week abortion ban (Feb. 19)Poll: 3/5 of Ark. voters support proposed abortion ban at 12 weeks (Feb. 21)Ark. Senate panel advances 12 week abortion ban (Feb. 27)Ark. Senate approves 12 week abortion ban (Feb. 28)Beebe vetoes 12 week abortion ban (March 4)Override of Beebe's veto may open state to litigation (March 4)State Senate overrides Gov. Beebe's veto on 12 week abortion bill (March 5)House overrides Beebe's veto; 12 week abortion bill now law (March 6)Ark. GOP lawmaker says machine didn't record vote (March 7)