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Region 8 residents react to Beebe's abortion bill veto


JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Region 8 residents sound off as a controversial abortion bill, that passed in the Arkansas House and Senate, has been vetoed by Governor Mike Beebe. However, it may not take much to override Beebe's decision to veto House Bill 1037.

"I don't ever tell you what I'm going to do until it gets on my desk…they've got a right to vote without cover from me," Governor Mike Beebe said, regarding his decision to veto the controversial abortion bill.

"I mean they need to vote up or down what they, take whatever stance they need to take," Beebe said. Last week, the Republican-controlled House passed the bill, with 80-10 in favor.

The bill is based on the belief that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Beebe however, said he had concerns about the constitutionality and potential cost of the measure.

Bill Sponsor, Andy Mayberry put forth the measure, as it hits close to home.

"There are some studies that have shown that as many as 92 percent of children with down syndrome are aborted, 67 percent with spina bifida. I have a child with spina bifida and that's why it is a little personal to me and why I have the passion for it that I do," Mayberry said.

The topic is also personal to Region 8 Resident, Carolyn Harper, who has worked with newborns in the past.

"Some of those little critters come out, they would've survived on the outside if they'd been given the chance to go a little bit longer on the inside," Harper told Region 8 News.

Keith Baxter agrees

"I believe it's a woman's right, but as someone that's a Christian, I believe that abortion is wrong. Unless it's to save the life of a mother or a case of incest or rape."

In the bill, those three reasons, rape, incest or to save a mother's life would count as exemptions for abortion past 20 weeks. However, Region 8 Resident, Elaine Scott feels regardless, it's a woman's choice.

"I don't think anyone should be punished or looked at in a bad way if they decide to do it because like I said, you never know somebody's story or what they're going through," Scott said.

To override Beebe's veto, the bill needs a simple majority of 51% in both the house and senate to pass.

Region 8 News will keep you updated on the status of the bill.

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