Arkansas Legislature Considers More Abortion Restrictions

Dec 15, 2014

Nearly two years after approving a pair of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, Republicans in Arkansas' Legislature are weighing additional measures to make it more difficult for women to get the procedure.

A ban on the use of telemedicine to offer the abortion pill, cutting off public funding to Planned Parenthood and requiring more information given to women in person before they undergo the procedure are likely on the agenda for lawmakers next year.

The proposals follow a 2013 session where lawmakers approved measures banning most abortions 12 and 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy. The Republican led-Legislature approved both bans, overriding vetoes by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

A federal judge has struck down the 12-week ban, a ruling that the state is appealing.