- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas House panel has endorsed a proposal to ban abortion in the state if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 ruling that legalized the procedure nationwide.

The House Public Health Committee on Tuesday approved the proposal to ban all abortions, except for medical emergencies, if the Roe v. Wade decision is overturned or the U.S. Constitution is amended to prohibit the procedure. The ban is backed by abortion opponents who are optimistic the Supreme Court will support more sweeping abortion restrictions with President Donald Trump’s two appointees.

The Senate approved the proposal last week. It now heads to the House for a vote.

Four other states have similar laws triggering abortion bans if the Roe v. Wade decision is struck down.

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