Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe Signs Late-Term Abortion Ban Bill
Democratic Governor Mike Beebe signed a bill on Friday that would ban so-called partial birth abortions in Arkansas. The bill passed in the state Senate last week in a 30 to 3 vote and passed in the Arkansas state House of Representatives in an 84 to 6 vote after no debate.
The legislation has an exception to save the life of the mother, but does not have a health exception. Doctors could face felony charges under the law and civil liabilities for performing the procedure, according to the Associated Press. The bill's sponsor, Democratic state Representative Dawn Creekmore, has said that the law would only affect abortions after the first trimester.
The legislation is parallel to federal law that bans so-called partial birth abortions, a medical procedure that is not restricted to a particular stage of pregnancy. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in 2007 to uphold the federal Partial Birth Abortion Act, which was passed by the Republican controlled Congress in 2003 and bans the same abortion procedure.
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division - The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice.
Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
Adegbile is a voting rights expert. . . .