Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Abortion Pill Restrictions

Mar 14, 2016

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker

A federal judge is continuing to block Arkansas from enforcing its limits on how the abortion pill is administered.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's request for a preliminary injunction against the restrictions, which were supposed to take effect Jan. 1. Baker had previously issued a temporary restraining order that was set to expire Monday.

The new law would require abortion pill providers to follow guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The law also requires doctors providing the pill to maintain a contract with another physician with admitting privileges at a hospital who agrees to handle any complications.

Planned Parenthood says the requirements would have effectively ended access to the abortion pill in Arkansas.