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Wed Jun 10, 2015, 08:46 PM

Arkansas seeking rehearing in 12-week abortion ban case [View all]

Source: AP

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The Arkansas Attorney General's Office is seeking a rehearing before the U.S. appeals court that agreed last month with a lower court that a state law unconstitutionally burdens women by banning abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a 19-page petition Wednesday seeking a rehearing before the entire 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court sided May 27 with doctors who challenged the law, ruling that abortion restrictions must be based on a fetus' ability to live outside the womb, not the presence of a fetal heartbeat that can be detected weeks earlier.

A message seeking comment left after hours with the Arkansas American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the doctors, was not immediately returned.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0498a4a6cfd048a19a76cc08c050914e/arkansas-seeking-rehearing-12-week-abortion-ban-case

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