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Arkansas Court Agrees To Continue Letting Planned Parenthood Perform Abortions


The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Friday to uphold a lower court’s decision allowing Planned Parenthood to continue providing abortions in the state of Arkansas.Arkansas officials passed a law in 2015 — Act 577 or Abortion Inducing Drugs Safety Act — mandating that medication-induced abortion providers have a contract with a physician at the hospital nearest to the abortion clinic in the case of emergencies.The law was meant to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, but it failed to do so after Planned Parenthood sued. The suit prompted a lower court to put a temporary restraining order on the law, saying that it placed an undue burden on women’s access to abortion, according to Arkansas Online. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued another injunction on March 14, 2016, and the law has been ineffective since.

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