Judge: Group can't intervene in Ark. abortion case

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A federal judge says an anti-abortion counseling group can't help defend an Arkansas law that bans the procedure 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on Thursday denied the request by Concepts of Truth to intervene in the lawsuit over Arkansas' law that bans most abortions at 12 weeks. Wright has blocked the law's enforcement while it's being challenged in court.

Concepts of Truth is based in Wynne and provides counseling to pregnant women who are considering having an abortion. The group also operates a national call center to counsel women who have had the procedure.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued the state over the law on behalf of 2 Little Rock doctors.

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