Judge Extends Temporary Restraining Order in Abortion Pill Case

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday extended her temporary restraining order in a December abortion pill restriction lawsuit, according to court records. 

On December 31, 2015, Baker issued a temporary restraining order against portions of an Arkansas law that restricts access to the abortion pill. 

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit on December 28, 2015, against portions of Act 577 (also known as the “Abortion-Inducing Drugs Safety Act”). 

The organization sought to block two portions of the law.

The first section of Act 577 Planned Parenthood seeks to block is 1504(d), which requires all physicians who provide medication abortion to have a signed contract with a physician who agrees to handle complications and emergencies and who maintains specific admitting privileges at a hospital, as described in the law, the lawsuit states.

The second section of the law that Planned Parenthood seeks to block is 1504(a), which  will require that medication abortions be provided using an “inferior, outdated protocol” that appears on the final printed labeling for the medication, according to the lawsuit.

On December 31, 2015, Baker granted the temporary restraining order against those two sections of the law for those named in Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit, setting the order to expire on January 14, 2016, at 4:45 p.m., court records state. 

On Monday, she extended the temporary restraining order until 5 p.m. on March 14, court records state. 

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