Abortion opponents urge Pryor to back 20-week ban

By ANDREW DeMILLOAssociated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Abortion opponents are urging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor to support banning the procedure 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, an effort by conservatives to move social issues to the forefront of a race that has focused more on the federal health overhaul.

A coalition of groups rallied at the state Capitol on Friday in favor of the measure, which bans the procedure based on the disputed notion that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Pryor has said he doesn't support the measure and cites constitutional concerns. Republican rival and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton voted for the ban last year in Congress.

The Arkansas Legislature approved a similar ban last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe. Beebe has said the measure was unconstitutional.

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