McDaniel: Concerns about six-week abortion ban

Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, speaks in the House chamber against a bill that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. The bill passed Monday.

LITTLE ROCK  (AP) — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he's talked with Arkansas legislative leaders about constitutional concerns he has with a proposal to ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. But he says he's not taking a public position on whether his office could credibly defend the measure in court if it passes.

McDaniel told reporters Tuesday he has concerns about the proposal to ban most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected. The Senate last week approved the legislation and it's now pending before a House committee.

McDaniel declined to detail the concerns he has and said he's sharing them privately with the sponsor and legislative leaders. Gov. Mike Beebe has also said he has concerns about the bill, but has not said whether he opposes it.

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