Governor Mike Beebe has vetoed another pro-life bill–this time SB134, Senator Jason Rapert’s fetal heartbeat bill.
This pro-life bill would prohibit abortions at or after the twelfth week of pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat is detected–except in cases of fetal abnormalities, rape, incest, or when the mother’s life or physical health are in jeopardy.
It passed both the Arkansas House and Senate, and only lacked the Governor’s signature to become law.
This bill by Senator Rapert is a good piece of pro-life legislation Arkansans want to see enacted.
The Arkansas Legislature can override Governor Beebe’s veto, but we need your help. Here are three things you can do:
- Call Governor Beebe, and politely express your disappointment with his decision to veto this good pro-life bill. His phone number is 501-682-2345.
- Call your state senator, and ask him or her to vote to override the Governor’s veto of SB134. You can leave a message for your senator at 501-682-2902.
- Call your state representative, and ask him or her to override the Governor’s veto of SB134. You can leave a message for your representative at 501-682-6211.
This veto can be overridden with 51 votes in the House and 18 votes in the Senate. A strong majority of Arkansans are pro-life. That’s why it’s so important pro-life Arkansans call the Governor and their elected officials about this important bill.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.