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Tue May 27, 2014

Arkansas AG Asks Court To Uphold 12 Week Abortion Ban

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel
File photo of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel from November 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 12-week abortion ban, arguing the prohibition furthers the state's interests in protecting pregnant women, unborn children and the medical profession.

McDaniel on Tuesday filed a brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that it should overturn a federal judge's ruling that the ban is unconstitutional.

McDaniel in April filed a notice with the court that he would appeal U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright's ruling.

Wright left in place a portion of the law that requires doctors to check for a fetal heartbeat and to notify the pregnant woman if one is present.

The Republican-led Legislature enacted the ban last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.