ACLU to appeal state citations against three Arkansas abortion clinics | Arkansas Blog

Monday, November 26, 2018

ACLU to appeal state citations against three Arkansas abortion clinics

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 5:36 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project and the ACLU of Arkansas today filed notice in Pulaski County Circuit Court that it will appeal citations issued by the state Board of Health against three Arkansas abortion clinics.
The citations were imposed under a state law prohibiting physicians from collecting payment during a 48-hour waiting period after the patient's initial visit, part of a slate of measures aimed at shutting down Planned Parenthood clinics in Arkansas via unnecessary requirements and imposing cumbersome protocols on their patients.

The ACLU will argue that the state law regarding the waiting period is unconstitutional and ask that the citations be dismissed and the law be invalidated.

From the ACLU's press release:

“Once again Arkansas politicians have devised an underhanded scheme to drive clinics out of business and push care out of reach,” said Rita Sklar, ACLU of Arkansas executive director. “This law is a plainly unconstitutional attempt to restrict women’s access to reproductive health services and punish the doctors who provide them. It’s sad that the only time Arkansas politicians seem to care about people’s medical bills is when it advances their own ideological agenda.”

On November 8, 2018 the Arkansas Board of Health upheld citations against three abortion clinics operated by Little Rock Family Planning Services (LRFP) and Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP). Affirming the Department of Health’s determination that the clinics violated state laws barring physicians from collecting payment until 48 hours after patient’s first visit has elapsed, the Board failed to make specific findings or address the issues raised by LRFP and PPGP in their original appeal.

“No medical professional in the history of this state has been required by the government to provide mandated medical services for free, but that’s exactly what the state has done,” said Bettina Brownstein, ACLU of Arkansas cooperating attorney.

In a motion filed with the Board earlier this month, LRFP and PPGP asserted the law, Arkansas statute 20-16-1703, infringes on numerous provisions of the state and federal constitutions, including the 5th and 14th Amendment right to equal protection, the right to privacy, and the prohibition on government taking private property without “just compensation.”
Here's the motion filed earlier this month. 


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