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Intervenor Group Won't Participate In 12-Week Abortion Ban Hearing

The first court hearing on Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban next week won't include a group wanting to help defend the law.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The first court hearing on Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban next week won't include a group wanting to help defend the law.

Federal district judge Susan Weber Wright issued a two-page order Friday saying proposed intervenor "Concepts of Truth", will not be a part of the hearing on May 17.

The ACLU is challenging the law on behalf of two doctors who provide abortions, saying the so-called "fetal heartbeat" law unconstitutionally restricts a woman's right to choose.

Wright says the plaintiff's have two weeks to respond to the motion filed this week by the intervenor to become a part of the case.

"Given the timing of the motion and the need for timely resolution of Plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction, the Court agrees the hearing should proceed without Concepts participating," the order reads.

The law is set to go into effect in august, but could be delayed by the result of next week's federal court hearing.

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