Arkansas Law Restricting Abortion Pills Remains on Hold

An Arkansas law that would severely limit the use of abortion pills must remain on hold, a federal appeals court says.

Under the law, doctors who provide the pills must have a contract with a doctor who has admitting privileges at a hospital and agrees to treat any complications, the Associated Press reported.

Two Planned Parenthood facilities and another unaffiliated clinic in Little Rock have not been able to find a doctor willing to contract with them.

Critics say the law would make Arkansas the first state in the U.S. to effectively ban abortion pills.

The state's request to quash a district court judge's order preventing Arkansas from enforcing the law was denied Wednesday by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the AP reported.

A preliminary injunction issued in July by U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker said the abortion clinics must continue trying to find contracting physicians, but said the state cannot penalize them for continuing to provide the abortion pills.

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