Arkansas Governor Vetoes ‘Fetal Pain’ Bill

As promised, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe on Tuesday vetoed an anti-abortion “fetal pain” bill. The measure will likely be pushed through without his consent, however, since the Republican-controlled legislature is able to override vetoes through a simple majority vote.

If overridden, the law will be among the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation. It would outlaw abortions after merely 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on the junk science that a fetus can feel pain after that point. Seven other states have similar 20-week restrictions in place, although two of them are currently being challenged in court.