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Arkansas: ‘Abortion pill’ limits gain panel backing

According to the Department of Health, medication abortions made up 41% of the abortions performed in the state in 2019

NW Arkansas Democrat Gazette — The House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on a voice vote Tuesday sent the House a bill that would add restrictions on medication abortions, often referred to as the “abortion pill.”

House Bill 1572, by state Rep. Robin Lundstrum, R-Elm Springs, would require a doctor performing a medication abortion to inform patients about the risks of the procedure and about “reversing the effects” if the women change their minds.

According to the Department of Health, medication abortions made up 41% of the abortions performed in the state in 2019. That percentage has risen sharply as lawmakers have passed restrictions on other types of abortions.

Earlier this month, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation banning all abortions except for those performed to save the life or health of the mother. Opponents have vowed to challenge that law in court.

READ MORE AT NW Arkansas Democrat Gazette

PHOTO CREDIT: Jimmy Smith

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