Arkansas House Votes to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

by Steven Ertelt

The Arkansas state House on Monday voted to approve a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the science showing unborn children feel pain at that point.

The measure would make the Natural State the eighth state to enact such a 20-week abortion ban on the basis of substantial medical evidence that demonstrates that unborn children are capable of feeling pain at least from 20 weeks from fertilization. lawmakers voted for the measure 75-20, according to a report.</p>

The House also voted to block insurers from covering abortions if they participate in the online marketplace created under the federal health care overhaul.

Abortion restrictions are easily winning legislative support in Arkansas this year after Republicans won control of the House and Senate in November.</p>

The House-approved measures now go to the Senate, which on Thursday voted to prohibit most abortions if a heartbeat is detected. That measure would be the most stringent ban in the U.S., prohibiting abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.</p>

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