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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Abortion rights groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Arkansas' near-total ban on abortion.

Why it matters: The ban is part of conservatives' campaign to force the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade. Arkansas is one of 14 states where legislators introduced near-total abortion bans this year, according to AP.

  • The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a Mississippi law that bans nearly all abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.

The state of play: The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood are asking a federal judge to strike down the law, which is set to take effect July 28.

  • The new law bars all abortions except those necessary for protecting the pregnant person's life.

What they're saying: "Absent an order from this Court, plaintiffs will be forced to turn away patients seeking abortion care as of that date," the lawsuit states, per AP.

  • "This will inflict immediate and irreparable harm upon plaintiffs’ patients by blatantly violating their constitutional rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, threatening their health and well-being, and forcing them to continue their pregnancies against their will."

Worth noting: Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) expressed concerns about the legislation's lack of exceptions for rape and incest, but said he signed it because of "overwhelming legislative support" and his "sincere and long-held pro-life convictions."

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ACLU sues Arkansas over ban on gender-affirming care for trans kids

Gov. Asa Hutchinson at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the ACLU argued that Arkansas' bill criminalizing gender-affirming care for transgender children violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause, plus the 1st Amendment right to free speech.

Why it matters: Arkansas is the only state to pass legislation totally barring gender-affirming care for trans children, as a record number of bills targeting trans youth have been introduced in state legislatures this year.

Trump claims he has "absolute immunity" from Swalwell lawsuit

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Former President Trump on Monday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) over his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots because he has "absolute immunity."

Driving the news: In a memo, Trump's attorney said the lawsuit "directly attacks" the First amendment, adding that the congressman took comments the former president made out of context and that the court should dismiss the lawsuit because "[t]he President's absolute immunity forecloses the jurisdiction of this Court."

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Biden: U.S. combat mission in Iraq will end this year

Biden returning to the White House on July 25. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The United States' combat mission against the Islamic State in Iraq will be completed "by the end of the year," President Biden said Monday prior to a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Why it matters: Biden is close to shifting the U.S. military mission in Iraq to a fully advisory role more than 18 years after combat troops were sent to the country under the former President George W. Bush.

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