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Rutledge Prevails at the 8th Circuit in Defense of State Law to Protect Women


July 28, 2017

Law requiring that medication abortion providers contract with a doctor who agrees to handle emergencies and complications will take effect soon

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit vacating a U.S. District Court’s decision enjoining and blocking an Arkansas law requiring that medication abortion providers contract with a doctor who agrees to handle emergencies and complications associated with abortion inducing drugs.

“In a unanimous opinion, the 8th Circuit recognized that the lower court incorrectly analyzed the law,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The injunction was vacated because Planned Parenthood failed to show that the state law is a substantial obstacle, preventing most women from having access to abortion services. This common sense law will help ensure that medication abortions are conducted in a safe, responsible manner and with appropriate protections for women. While the Court did not reach a final decision on the ultimate merits, today’s decision is an important notice to the lower court that this law has important benefits for patients. I will continue to defend Act 577 as Planned Parenthood continues its challenge.”

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