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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - While Governor Mike Beebe has approved limits on abortion in the past, he says he remains concerned that Arkansas' tough new anti-abortion law will not pass a court challenge.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Beebe said limits on abortions at 12 and 20 weeks are likely unconstitutional based on the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in Roe versus Wade. He also said that, as a public official, he has an obligation to uphold the Constitution and that putting his hand on the Bible and making an oath "should mean something."
Arkansas legislators this week passed the nation's toughest anti-abortion law, rejecting Beebe's veto. Abortion rights activists pledge to challenge the law in court. Beebe has said previously that he is worried the state will have to pay the plaintiffs' legal bills after losing a court fight.
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