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US appeals court denies Arkansas' request for rehearing over 12-week abortion ban


LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A federal appeals court has denied the Arkansas attorney general's request for a rehearing after the state's 12-week abortion ban was found unconstitutional.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request on Thursday. The state last month asked for a rehearing before the full appeals court after a three-judge panel in May sided with doctors, striking down the ban.

The GOP-led Legislature enacted the ban in 2013, which would have been one of the strictest in the nation.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Thursday told reporters she was considering whether to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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