- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas has been ordered to pay more than $28,000 in attorney’s fees and costs after losing its appeal of a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s 12-week abortion ban as unconstitutional.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday awarded the costs associated with the appeal to the attorneys representing two Little Rock attorneys who challenged the ban. A three-judge panel of the court in May sided with the doctors, striking down the ban. The state last month asked for a rehearing before the full appeals court.

The court ordered the state to pay $76.30 for costs, $27,060 in attorney’s fees and $1,375 in expenses.

The Republican-led Legislature enacted the ban in 2013, overriding a veto by then-Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat.

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