Federal Judge Holds Hearing On Arkansas Abortion Pill Limits

Dec 31, 2015

A federal judge is considering whether to temporarily block Arkansas' new limits on how the abortion pill is administered, a new law that Planned Parenthood says would dramatically restrict the procedure in the state.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker didn't issue a ruling from the bench Wednesday after hearing from attorneys for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the state over the law requiring abortion pill providers to follow guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The law takes effect Friday and 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 new law would effectively end the availability of the abortion pill in Arkansas.