LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is appealing a federal judge's decision striking down an Arkansas law that banned most abortions 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.
 
McDaniel filed a notice of appeal on Friday over U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright's ruling that the abortion prohibition is unconstitutional and violates the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in 1973 in Roe v. Wade.  Wright left in place a portion of the law that requires doctors to check for a fetal heartbeat and to notify the pregnant woman if one is present.

The sponsor of the 12-week ban said earlier Friday that McDaniel had said he planned to appeal the decision.

The majority-Republican Legislature approved the ban last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.  Beebe also called the measure unconstitutional.