The Arkansas House of Representatives voted Wednesday (Feb. 27) to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of HB 1037, a bill that would restrict abortions after 20 weeks.

The House vote was 53-28 to support the override of the gubernatorial veto.

The Arkansas State Senate will consider the override on Thursday (Feb. 28).

The bill was Beebe’s first veto of the session.

Beebe said HB 1037 by Rep. Andy Mayberry (R-Hensley), the “pain capable abortion” bill, violated the U.S. Constitution and would cost taxpayers money through litigation.

Mayberry had promised to lead an override effort after the Governor’s veto.

“I think this is a great bill. It saves babies lives. This bill – even under the current Roe v. Wade ruling – is constitutional,” he said.

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