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Arkansas on brink of requiring abortionists to adhere to FDA standards when administering RU-486

by | Mar 19, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

Pro-life Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

The Arkansas legislature has passed another pro-life measure which needs only the signature of pro-life Gov. Asa Hutchinson to become law.

On Tuesday by an overwhelming vote of 26-5, the state Senate approved House Bill 1394—the Abortion-Inducing Drug Safety Act. HB 1394 would require abortionists to adhere to the FDA protocol when dispensing chemical abortifacients.

As NRL News Today has explained in prior stories that would include that the two-drug technique (RU-486 and a prostaglandin) not be used past the seventh week–a limitation which PPFA and other abortion providers freely concede they ignore–and that abortionists use three RU486 pills, rather than one.

In addition, only physicians could provide chemical abortifacients under the bill. Moreover the physician (abortionist) must have a contract with another physician who has agreed to handle any complications and who has admitting and gynecological/surgical privileges at a nearby hospital.

“This bill protects women from dangerous and potentially deadly off label uses of the abortion drug,” Republican Sen. Linda Collins-Smith of Pocahontas told lawmakers. “The bill in no way restricts the availability of abortions.”

Last month NRL News Today reported that Gov. Hutchinson signed a bill that requires abortionists to be in the same room as the pregnant woman when she receives chemical abortifacients. This is not the case with so-called webcam abortions.

The abortionist is in a hub miles (or even states) away and dispenses chemical abortifacients by remotely unlocking a drawer at her location. He never is in the same room as the pregnant woman.

The Arkansas law also requires the abortionist to make “all reasonable efforts” to ensure that the woman returns between 12 and 18 days afterwards for follow-up examinations.

There are now 18 states that require the abortionist to be in the same room as the pregnant woman.

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