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Arkansas AG rejects wording of abortion amendment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ attorney general has again rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would declare that life begins at conception.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Friday cited multiple problems with the wording of the measure proposed for the 2014 ballot by a group called Personhood Arkansas. McDaniel must certify the measure before the group can begin gathering the 78,133 signatures from registered voters needed to place it on the ballot.

The amendment would require Arkansas to protect “unborn children from conception until birth.” Arkansas’ constitution currently states it’s the state’s policy to do so as permitted by the federal constitution.

McDaniel wrote that the proposal is unclear whether the term “protect” includes adopting measures that conflict with federal law. McDaniel rejected an earlier version of the amendment in July.

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