Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against Arkansas on Monday to block a new law that protects women and unborn babies from abusive use of chemical abortion pills.
The law requires abortion facilities to follow FDA guidelines when administering chemical abortion drugs, according to the Associated Press. These include a higher, more expensive dosage and a shorter time period for administering the drug, from up to nine weeks of pregnancy to up to seven weeks. Set to take effect Friday, the law also requires that abortion doctors who dispense the pill maintain contact with another doctor who has hospital admitting privileges, the report states.
These measures are meant to protect women’s health. The abortion pill, often RU-486, has a high complication rate and can become deadly to the mother as well as her unborn child if complications are not treated. According to the FDA, at least 14 women have died and 2,207 women have been injured from chemical abortions in America.
Rose Mimms, executive director of Arkansas Right to Life, told LifeNews that the abortion drug has killed almost 2,000 unborn children since Planned Parenthood of the Heartland moved in to Arkansas in 2012.
“It is clear that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland came to [Arkansas] to perform abortions,” Mimms said. “In Arkansas they are the primary provider of abortion using the chemicals known as RU486, and they want to do it their way, not following the protocol that the FDA developed when the abortion drugs were first approved in 2000.”
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland asked a federal judge to block the new, protective law from taking effect Monday, the AP reports. The abortion group claims the FDA guidelines are outdated and the law overrules doctors’ judgement. Planned Parenthood also has not been able to find doctors willing to work with them to fulfill the hospital admitting privileges requirement, the report states.
Throughout the year, Arkansas legislators have passed several measures to help protect unborn babies and their mothers from dangerous abortion practices. In February, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law a ban on the use of webcam or telemed abortions.
By doing webcam abortions, the Planned Parenthood abortion business was putting women’s lives and health at risk by denying them an opportunity to visit with a physician in-person, as recommended by the FDA. Instead, the women would receive a chemical abortion pill remotely after talking with a doctor via webcam.
The Planned Parenthood abortion business began using this process in Iowa and has been expanding it to more rural and remote stares because of the expense and difficulty in recruiting abortion practitioners.