This means a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. Governor Mike Beebe had vetoed the measure.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas has vowed to challenge the new law, which is based on the disputed claim that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Similar laws passed in other states are facing court challenges.
Beebe says he thinks the new law contradicts the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1976 Roe v. Wade decision and will be struck down. He says the state will waste money trying to defend it.