Supreme Court upholds Arkansas law effectively banning chemical abortions statewide

May 30, 2018 by Jerry McCormick

For conservatives, a huge victory just happened in of all states, Clinton’s home state of Arkansas.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case that would challenge new anti-abortion legislation in the state.

New Legislation

Arkansas adopted new legislation that is very similar to Texas’ anti-abortion legislation, but with one noticeable difference.

The state is now requiring abortion clinics to have a hospital admitting doctor on staff.

Whereas Texas requires the doctors to have admitting privileges within 30 miles of the facility, Arkansas does not.

However, even with the more flexible stipulation, clinics were unable to get OB-GYNs to commit.

Planned Parenthood stated it was virtually impossible to get a doctor to commit out of fear of retaliation from the community.

In fact, they stated they contacted every OB-GYN in the state and could not get a single doctor to commit.

Pro-Choice advocates say the new legislation is embarrassing for the state.

Planned Parenthood EVP Dawn Laguens stated, “Arkansas is now shamefully responsible for being the first state to ban medication abortion.”

“This dangerous law also immediately ends access to safe, legal abortion at all but one health center in the state,” she added.

SCOTUS Rejection

Planned Parenthood petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case on the strength of the difficulty of having a doctor openly commit to abortion clinics.

In its rebuttal, the state says it was trying to protect the health and welfare of women.

State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge stated, “As attorney general, I have fully defended this at every turn and applaud the Supreme Court’s decision against Planned Parenthood today.”

“Protecting the health and well-being of a women and the unborn will always be a priority. We are a pro-life state and always will be as long as I am attorney general,” Rutledge added.

With this ruling out of the way, the Supreme Court has one more abortion case on its docket before the term ends.