Women with scheduled abortions in Arkansas have recently discovered that their procedures were cancelled following the Supreme Court’s decision not to block the state’s new restrictions.
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided Tuesday that it would not block new restrictions put in place by the state of Arkansas which require clinics that provide medication-induced abortions to maintain contracts with doctors who have hospital admitting privileges.
Planned Parenthood, the erstwhile main provider in the state, will not be able to meet the requirement and will be forced to stop providing the service at its two clinics.
Now, there is only one location in the entire state at which women can receive the procedure.
On Tuesday evening, Planned Parenthood returned to the courts to request a temporary restraining order to block the law.
While the court’s decision not to intervene is not final, it has already had devastating effects on the women of Arkansas.
The state’s law now makes it the only state in the country to ban medication induced abortions, which have been certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be just as safe as the surgical procedure but with far fewer side effects and complications.
Planned Parenthood is continuing to argue that banning medication induced abortions creates an undue burden on women seeking to pursue their right to an abortion — undue burden is the standard by which the Supreme Court measures whether or not laws go too far in restricting women who want the procedure.
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