Politics

Arkansas Abortion Ban Gives Jolt To Pro-Life Activists

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, waits to be interviewed near the senate chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of Rapert's legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, waits to be interviewed near the senate chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of Rapert's legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

The adoption by Arkansas last week of the country’s strictest abortion ban — at 12 weeks of pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat is typically detected — gave a new jolt of energy to a loose band of abortion foes who are pushing similar measures in several states.