Arkansas ‘heartbeat’ law bans abortion at 12 weeks

Bill: SB134 – Public Act. No 301 (PDF)

Sponsored by Sen. Rapert et al., and passed into law by an override of Governor Mike Beebe’s veto, SB134 (Public Act No. 301 – “Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act”) states, “A person authorized to perform abortions under Arkansas law shall perform an abdominal ultrasound test necessary to detect a heartbeat of an unborn human individual according to standard medical practice… A person authorized to perform abortions under Arkansas law shall not perform an abortion on a pregnant woman with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of an unborn human individual whose heartbeat has been detected under § 20-16-1303 and is twelve (12) weeks or greater gestation. A violation of this section as determined by the Arkansas State Medical Board shall result in the revocation of the medical license of the person authorized to perform abortions under Arkansas law.”

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