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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation banning the use telemedicine to administer the abortion pill.

By a 29-4 vote, the Senate approved a bill requiring a physician to be present when abortion-inducing medication is taken. The bill now heads to the House, which has approved an identical measure.

Anti-abortion advocates have identified the measure as their top priority during this year's session, and Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he supports the ban.

Opponents of the measure said it restricts a woman's right to an abortion and have noted there are currently no plans to offer the abortion pill via telemedicine in Arkansas.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • mitchstoner
    February 12, 2015 at 8:23 p.m.

    Guess I'm just a dumb redneck, but I can't understand this part: "Opponents of the measure said it restricts a woman's right to an abortion and have noted there are currently no plans to offer the abortion pill via telemedicine in Arkansas."

    How can there be a restriction if no one plans to do this anyway?

    Isn't that like someone telling me "Mitch, we forbid you from flapping your arms and flying. " Should I get all upset and scream that my rights are being violated and that it's a Republican War on Mitchflying?

  • PM1118
    February 12, 2015 at 9:42 p.m.

    No matter how you cut it, this is one more hoop for women to jump through courtesy of the fools in the AR leg.

  • nwar
    February 12, 2015 at 10:13 p.m.

    This amounts to a doctor being required to watch a woman take a pill. Mind you, he doesn't have to watch anything that happens afterward. Just watch her take the pill.

  • JJHernandezIII
    February 12, 2015 at 11:03 p.m.

    Where does the keep-the-government-out-of-my-business-sentiment go when issues like this arise? Legislating your morality is fine, until you lose power. Ultimately, if nobody's doing it, nor apparently planning to, does that render this another "solution in search of a problem"?

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