An anti-abortion group based in Texas wants to help Arkansas officials defend the state's 12-week abortion ban before a federal appeals court.
The Justice Foundation on Monday asked to file a friend of the court brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending the Arkansas law prohibiting most abortions 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy. The group said it wanted to file the brief on behalf of women who it said had suffered physical and psychological injuries because of their abortions.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is appealing U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright's ruling that the abortion prohibition was unconstitutional.
The Republican-led Legislature approved the 12-week ban last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.