Judge temporarily blocks Arkansas' medical abortion ban


(Worthy News) - A federal judge on Monday issued a restraining order that will temporarily stop an Arkansas law that prohibits medical abortions.

In May, medical abortions were banned in Arkansas after the Supreme Court declined to review Planned Parenthood's appeal of a lower court's decision to allow the ban. But U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker said Planned Parenthood's argument against the ban would likely succeed.

"In regard to burdens, considered cumulatively, the record evidence at this stage of the litigation demonstrates that the contracted physician requirement, given plaintiffs' inability to comply with it, significantly burdens a large faction of women in Arkansas seeking medication abortions," Baker wrote in her opinion. [ Source: UPI (Read More...) ]

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