LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Supreme Court showdown over laws banning abortions that inflict pain on the unborn became more likely with the passage of a pair of new laws in Arkansas and the overturning of another in an Idaho lower court.
The Arkansas laws provide the state with the broadest abortion restrictions in the nation.
In late February, state legislators overrode Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks on the grounds that they inflict pain on their unborn victims.