Lawmakers in Arkansas and Utah pass 18-week abortion bans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawmakers in Arkansas and Utah have sent their governors legislation banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, moving the states closer to enacting bans that could be among the strictest in the country.

In Arkansas, the House on Wednesday gave final approval by an 86-1 vote to the bill, which Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he supports.

Utah also passed an 18-week ban on Wednesday, sending it to Republican Gov. Gary Herbert. He hasn't said whether he'll sign it, though he has said he's generally against abortion.

The 18-week bans would be the strictest in the country if enacted, though proposals to ban abortion earlier in a woman's pregnancy are advancing in several other state legislatures.

Arkansas already bans abortion 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

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