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Senate OKs telemedicine abortion ban

by The Associated Press | February 12, 2015 at 1:11 p.m.

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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