Arkansas Legislature Ignores 40 Years of Supreme Court Precedent, Overrides Governor Veto to Enact Most Extreme Abortion Ban in the Nation
(PRESS RELEASE) Just days after Arkansas Governor Beebe vetoed a measure clearly unconstitutional under four decades of U.S. Supreme Court precedent by banning abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy, both houses in the state legislature have now voted to override the veto and enact SB134 into law. The Center for Reproductive Rights and the ACLU of Arkansas have committed to challenging the law in federal court before the law is scheduled to take effect 90 days after the legislative session adjourns. Said Nancy Northup, president and CEO at the Center for Reproductive Rights: “The politicians supporting this legislative assault on women have made clear both their indifference to the lives and health of the women of Arkansas and their hostility toward the fundamental rights guaranteed to women by the U.S. Constitution. “We intend to make it equally clear that no one’s constitutional rights are subject to revision by lawmakers intent on scoring political points, and that attempts such as this to turn back the clock on reproductive rights will not stand.” The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held—first in Roe v. Wade and again in Planned Parenthood v. Casey—that states cannot ban abortion prior to viability.