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Rita Sklar, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, at a news conference at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock Tuesday. Photo credit: AP

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion rights advocates filed a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to overturn the more restrictive of Arkansas’ two new abortion laws, saying its near-ban of abortions beginning in the 12th week of pregnancy is unconstitutional.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed the suit on behalf of two doctors who provide abortions at a Little Rock clinic, say the ban on most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy clearly contradicts the standard of viability established by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

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