Planned Parenthood drops challenge of Arkansas abortion law

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FILE – This Friday, May 17, 2019 file photo shows an examination/procedure room at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, Miss. The facility is the state’s only abortion clinic. Technology and science have given women unprecedented options and control over fertility since 1973. Back then, single women had only recently gained nationwide access to […]

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Planned Parenthood has dropped its challenge of an Arkansas law requiring doctors who oversee medication-induced abortions to contract with a physician who has admitting privileges at a hospital and agrees to handle any complications.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that attorneys for Planned Parenthood Great Plains asked a federal judge on Friday to dismiss the case, at least for now, because it found a doctor willing to serve in that role.

Planned Parenthood said in November that it was complying with the law and asked a federal appeals court to lift a judge’s ruling that had prevented the state from enforcing the abortion pill restriction.

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the law last summer but ordered Planned Parenthood to continue trying to find a contracting physician.

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