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      Arkansas to appeal ruling on 12-week abortion ban

      LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is appealing a federal judge's decision striking down an Arkansas law that banned most abortions 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

      McDaniel filed a notice of appeal Friday over U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright's ruling that the abortion prohibition was unconstitutional and violated the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. 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 sponsor of the 12-week ban said earlier Friday that McDaniel had said he planned to appeal the decision.

      The majority-Republican Legislature approved the ban last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe. Beebe had called the measure unconstitutional.

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