“Arkansas’ new abortion law, the most restrictive in the nation, has incensed activists, who now plan to file a lawsuit challenging the measure.
Their challenge will come on the heels of a court victory in Idaho, where a less restrictive ban was overturned.
On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled state legislature in Arkansas overrode a veto by Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, to enact the nation’s strictest state-level abortion restriction. Under the new law, proposed as S.B. 134, abortions will be banned when women have been pregnant for 12 weeks and an abdominal ultrasound shows that the fetus has a heartbeat.
Abortion-rights groups quickly denounced the new law as an assault on reproductive rights.
In vetoing the bill on Monday, Gov. Beebe issued a statement that S.B.134 “blatantly contradicts the United States Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court”.