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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 17:27:00

Committee passes bill to redefine "stillbirth" and require reporting miscarriages at 12 weeks

The House Public Health committee today passed a bill sponsored by Rep. David Meeks, which would redefine "stillbirth" as the unintended death of a fetus any time after 12 weeks (current state law uses the medical definition, 20 weeks).  The bill would require that miscarriages that happened at 12 weeks gestation or more be reported to the division of Vital Records within five days after the event. Under current law, such fetal deaths must be reported when the fetus weighs more than 350 grams, or at 20 weeks if the weight is unknown. (The reporting requirement falls on medical providers, not on women who miscarry.)

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 13:17:00

Trump reinstates anti-abortion rule targeting international family planning organizations

President Donald Trump today signed an executive order banning foreign aid money to family planning organizations that provide counseling or referrals for abortion or "advocate for access" to abortion services in their country.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 17:34:00

Mayberry files bill to dramatically restrict abortion

As promised, Rep.-elect Andy Mayberry (R-East End) has filed a bill that would virtually ban all second trimester abortions in Arkansas.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 15:23:00

Legislation to further restrict abortion is coming in Arkansas

A bill that would likely make it all but impossible to obtain an abortion after 14 weeks will be filed next week, Rep.-elect Andy Mayberry (R-East End) tells the AP.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 08:52:00

Anti-abortion protestor arrested for harassing woman at clinic

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported on-line yesterday a misdemeanor charge of harassment filed against Scott Skarda, pastor of the Family Christian Fellowship Church in Hazen,  on a complaint by a patient escort at a Little Rock abortion clinic.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 10:26:00

This horror will happen in Arkansas

The Daily Beast reports on the experience of a couple in Texas victimized by that state's ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It's a horror story likely to be repeated in Arkansas, which has the same law.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 16:18:00

Attorney General Rutledge spins wildly as she fights to strip abortion rights

Of course Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is joining other Republican, officials in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder, maybe impossible, for women in Texas to get an abortion. But did she have to be so disingenuous in describing her position.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 08:31:00

Abortion access rapidly declining

Good article in Bloomberg on the successful efforts of Republican state legislatures across the country to curtail access to abortion services. Since 2011, at least 162 abortion providers have shut down or stopped offering the procedure .

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 16:52:00

State keeps up legal fight to strip Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office has filed for permission to appeal a January order from U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker that granted class certification in the case concerning Gov. Hutchinson's efforts to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 08:18:00

Hutchinson, Rapert critical of Board of Health's decision to remove "death of the unborn child" language

The state Board of Health voted yesterday 12-6 to nix the phrase "death of the unborn child" from abortion regulations passed by the legislature in 2015, as well as the remnants of the 2013 law that was largely struck down by an appellate court. The regulations would instead keep the current definition of abortion: "termination of the pregnancy.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 13:06:00

Planned Parenthood granted class certification in Arkansas Medicaid case

U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker today granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland class certification in the lawsuit filed to stop enforcement of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's effort — in violation of federal law — to bar Planned Parenthood from being a Medicaid provider.

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 09:48:00

Supreme Court refuses review of court ruling overturning 6-week abortion ban in North Dakota

As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a ruling from an appellate court blocking North Dakota's ban of abortions at 6 weeks of pregnancy. Just last week, the Court declined to review a 12-week ban on abortion in Arkansas, which was also struck down by an appellate court. Like the Arkansas law, the North Dakota law is now permanently banned from being enforced.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 07:12:00

State agency provides employees notice of anti-abortion march

Every employee of the state Workforce Services Department got a notice about absence of parking on the Capitol mall Sunday, a day when nobody works anyway. Was it a subtle way to publicize and encourage participation in an annual anti-abortion demonstration?

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 09:10:00

On new abortion restrictions, Arkansas isn't alone, but it may be the worst

The Guardian draws on work by the Guttmacher Institute to report this morning on the successful push in dozens of states to enact stricter anti-abortion laws.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 06:52:00

This is not the first time Mike Huckabee has objected to abortions for underage victims of sexual assault

Gov. Mike Huckabee yesterday told CNN that Paraguay was right to force a 10-year-old raped by her stepfather to carry the baby to term. While he was governor, in 1996, he attempted to deny Medicaid funds for a 15-year-old girl's abortion (the girl had the procedure prior Huckabee getting involved). The girl was impregnated by her stepfather, who was charged with incest

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 15:56:00

Utah governor blocks federal funds for education programs to Planned Parenthood

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wasn't the only one grandstanding on Planned Parenthood yesterday.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 07:35:00

Arkansas GOP state senate caucus backs Hutchinson cancelling Planned Parenthood Medicaid contract (UPDATE: House too)

Sen. Jim Hendren, the state Senate majority leader and nephew of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, has issued a press release supporting the governor's decision to order the termination of Planned Parenthood's Medicaid provider contract. Hutchinson's move appears to clearly violated federal regulations; Louisiana and Alabama have already been told as much by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 16:55:00

Hutchinson prepared to challenge feds, says he is "standing up for Arkansas values"

The governor's office on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's termination of Planned Parenthood's Medicaid contract "Even though we anticipate a federal review, standing up for Arkansas values is most important to the Governor."

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 15:49:00

Gov. Asa Hutchinson orders DHS to terminate Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, in defiance of federal law

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has directed the Department of Human Services to terminate Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood. "Termination will be effective 30 days from the date of the letter attached," Hutchinson said in statement. The feds have recently told two other states that this maneuver violates federal law.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 09:59:00

Mike Huckabee, polling in single digits, says more stuff

Mike Huckabee has a problem, which is that people keep forgetting that he is running for president.

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