Arkansas Senate Panel Supports Abortion Pill Restrictions

Mar 11, 2015

Legislation placing new limits on the administration of the abortion pill is advancing to the Arkansas Senate for a final vote.

The Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee voted 5-2 Wednesday for a House-backed bill that would require providers of abortion pills to follow all guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The bill would require women to take a higher dose of the medication than is what typically prescribed and restrict the time period for administering it from up to nine weeks to up to seven weeks. The bill also bars off-label use of the drug.

Supporters of the measure say it protect women's health by barring non-federally approved uses of the drug. Opponents said it would have the opposite effect and interfere with doctors' practices.