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Dispute over who should be heard in abortion discussion

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Opponents of Arkansas' law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy say a group that wants to help defend the restriction shouldn't participate in a hearing next week.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday asked a judge to clarify that Concepts of Truth will not participate in the May 17 hearing over the abortion ban. The Wynne-based anti-abortion counseling group has asked to intervene in the lawsuit.

Opponents of the ban noted that Concepts of Truth asked to intervene nearly two weeks after the court scheduled the hearing.

The ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued the state last month on behalf of Dr. Louis Jerry Edwards and Dr. Tom Tvedten, who provide abortions at a Little Rock clinic.

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