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LITTLE ROCK — A federal judge is again blocking Arkansas from enforcing a law that critics say makes the state the first in the nation to effectively ban abortion pills.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday granted a 14-day temporary restraining order preventing Arkansas from enforcing the restriction on how abortion pills are administered. The law says doctors who provide the pills must hold a contract with a physician with admitting privileges at a hospital who agrees to handle any complications.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month rejected Planned Parenthood's appeal to reinstate Baker's earlier order blocking the law. Planned Parenthood said its two facilities and another unaffiliated clinic in Little Rock have stopped offering medication abortions because of the restriction.

Baker said Monday that circumstances have changed since her initial ruling.

[DOCUMENT: Read the temporary restraining order]

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

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  • skeptic1
    June 18, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

    Requiring that a doctor be available for complications is NOT banning the abortion pill. Does this paper ever get it right?