In Arkansas, Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed legislation that would ban abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy on Monday. Gov. Beebe says that the proposed ban was unconstitutional and was in conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade.
Boston.com quotes Gov. Beebe as saying, “When I was sworn in as governor I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend both the Arkansas Constitution and the Constitution of the United States. I take that oath seriously.”
Sen. Jason Rapert, from Conway, responded with, “That’s not valid. The U.S. Constitution says nothing whatsoever about abortion. This is governed by case law.”
Sen. Rapert also said, “I have given you an opportunity to save thousands of lives in the future of this state … and you have stated that you would sign a bill to do away with the death penalty in the state of Arkansas for convicted murderers. I believe the same place in your heart in which you would find yourself able to do that should be the same place in your heart that you should be able to protect the lives of unborn innocent children.”
Wednesday March 6th, 2013, the Arkansas House echoed the decision made by the Arkansas Senate to complete the override of Gov. Beebe’s veto. Arkansas is now set the precedent as the earliest abortion ban in the nation. Will other states follow Arkansas’ example?
Though this is a large step in protecting the lives of unborn children, it still leaves room for abortion and is a clear indicator of a lapse of judgment in America. Currently, there are a number of battles over abortion in states like Indiana, Texas, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, and others. While state legislatures are trying to come to a compromise, many are asking this question: Should there be room to compromise?
The ACLU has threatened to sue if the Arkansas legislature overrode Gov. Beebe’s veto. Watch the outcome of this battles in Arkansas and North Dakota in particular. The courts may prove that America has become a completely morally debased country.