On Wednesday the Arkansas Department of Health released its 2020 abortion reports.
Among other things, the Health Department’s documents revealed there were 40 reports of women who experienced complications from the RU-486 abortion drug last year.
The reports do not indicate what specific complications these 40 women experienced from RU-486.
Chemical abortion drugs carry a number of risks and consequences. That’s part of the reason why the Arkansas Legislature passed new restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs during the most recent legislative session.
Act 560 of 2021 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R – Springdale) and Sen. Scott Flippo (R – Mountain Home) outlines the informed-consent process for chemical abortion. This will help ensure women get all the facts about chemical abortion — including its risks, consequences, and pro-life alternatives.
Act 562 of 2021 by Rep. Sonia Barker (R – Smackover) and Sen. Blake Johnson (R – Corning) updates Arkansas’ restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs like RU-486. Among other things, it outlines requirements that abortionists must follow in administering abortion-inducing drugs, and it prohibits abortion drugs from being delivered by mail in Arkansas.
Together, these laws will protect women — and unborn children — from dangerous abortion drugs like RU-486.
Act 560 and Act 562 both passed with strong support in the Arkansas Legislature. These latest reports from the Arkansas Department of Health just go to show that our legislators were right to pass these good, pro-life laws.