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PHOENIX -- Groups opposed to an Arizona law banning abortions based on the race or sex of the fetus are challenging a ruling that dismissed their suit.

U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell ruled that the NAACP's Maricopa County branch and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum lacked legal standing to sue.

The groups said they're appealing Campbell's ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The 2011 law makes it a felony to knowingly provide a sex- or race-based abortion.

Supporters of the law said it was intended to prevent discrimination.

The civil rights groups contended that the law unconstitutionally singles out Asian and black women based on stereotypes and the sponsors' beliefs that Asian and black women may choose an abortion because of race or the baby's sex.

Associated Press,

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