February 1, 2013 — The Arkansas House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Thursday advanced two bills restricting abortion coverage and banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Huffington Post reports.
Under one bill (HB 1100), Arkansas insurers would be prohibited from offering most abortion coverage under part of the federal health reform law. The bill includes exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
The second measure (HB 1037) proposes banning abortion after 20 weeks based on the disputed idea that a fetus is capable of feeling pain at that stage. It would allow limited exceptions in cases when the woman's health is in jeopardy but not in cases of rape or incest (DeMillo/Stratford, AP/Huffington Post, 1/31).
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