Judge hears arguments in Arkansas abortion clinics lawsuit

(AP) - Attorneys for three Arkansas abortion clinics say a
new state law requiring suspension or revocation of their licenses for any
violation unconstitutionally singles them out, while the state says the new
restriction furthers its interest in protecting women's health.A federal judge said Thursday he hoped to rule quickly in the challenge to the
new measure, which was approved this year and took effect last week. Planned
Parenthood and Little Rock Family Planning Services want the law struck down as
unconstitutional.

The clinics say the measure unfairly targets them and notes the state already
has the discretion to revoke or suspend licenses on a case-by-case basis.

Four other Arkansas abortion restrictions enacted this year by lawmakers were
blocked last month by a federal judge in a separate case.

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