1. Roe v. Wade

    Arkansas Adopts Strict Abortion Law

    FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 file picture, anti-abortion and pro-choice activists stand next to each other in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington during a rally on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Americans, regardless of generation, are deeply conflicted as they wrestle with the legality and morality of abortion, with a substantial majority identifying themselves as both "pro-choice" and "pro-life," according to a sweeping new survey. The detailed and nuanced findings were released Thursday, June 9, 2011 by the Public Religion Research Institute, based on a survey of 3,000 adults _ one of the largest ever to focus on Americans' views of abortion. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Roe v. Wade, Schmo v. Wade, according to Arkansas politicians. The state’s House enacted into law Wednesday what is by far the most restrictive abortion law in the country, making it illegal to terminate any pregnancy after 12 weeks. A veto from Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who called the new law “blatantly unconstitutional,” was overridden by the state's Senate on Tuesday. The lawsuit contradicts Roe v. Wade, which gives women the right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the body—usually at 24 weeks. Pro-choice groups have promised a lawsuit to challenge the new law.

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