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State asks judge to throw out lawsuit against new anti-abortion law

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - The State of Arkansas has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law banning most abortions in Arkansas starting 12 weeks from conception.

The attorney general's office said the new restriction is constitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arkansas and Center for Reproductive Rights disagree. The two groups filed the challenge last month on behalf of two abortion doctors in Little Rock.

Arkansas lawmakers passed the new restriction in March by overriding Gov. Mike Beebe's veto. The measure goes into effect 90 days after the legislature formally adjourns. Lawmakers' current schedule puts that day at August 15 but a hearing for this lawsuit has already been scheduled for May 17.

CONTINUING COVERAGE
House overrides Beebe's veto; 12 week abortion bill now law (March 6)
ACLU will sue Arkansas over abortion law (April 16)
Judge recuses himself in Arkansas abortion ban lawsuit (April 20)

Hearing set in suit over Arkansas 12 week abortion ban (April 25)

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