Democratic Governor Mike Beebe will veto a bill that bans abortion after 20 weeks.
The bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature is based on the disputed belief that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. It includes exemptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.
Beebe said previously that he had constitutional concerns about the 20-week ban and said in an emailed statement that he would veto the bill. Opponents say it runs afoul of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion until the point where fetuses can survive outside the womb, usually at 22 to 24 weeks.
Lawmakers can override Beebe’s veto with a simple majority.