The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas has called the 12-week measure "the most extreme abortion ban in the country" and has vowed to sue if it's enacted.
"Despite continued attacks on women's health care from the Arkansas Legislature, Governor Beebe has remained steadfast in his support for women's health care," said Jill June, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. "Unfortunately we can't say the same about extreme lawmakers pushing these dangerous bills."
The original version of Rapert's bill would have banned abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, but he changed the measure after facing resistance from some lawmakers.
The measure was written so that it would take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns. The Legislature is not expected to adjourn until later this month or next month.
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