LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House is set to vote on a bill that would ban most abortions in the state at 20 weeks into a pregnancy.
Lawmakers are scheduled to vote on Thursday on final passage of the legislation. A previous version of the bill passed the House 75-20.
The version lawmakers will consider Thursday includes exemptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother, but not for any lethal fetal disorders. The proposal is based on the disputed idea that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks.
The House will also consider a separate measure to ban most abortions at 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
Gov. Mike Beebe has said he has constitutional concerns about both bills but declined to say whether he would veto them.