Arkansas House Advances Abortion Information Requirements

Mar 25, 2015

Arkansas would have some of the strictest requirements in the nation on how information is provided to a woman before an abortion under a bill endorsed by the House.

Lawmakers voted 75-1 Wednesday to advance the bill to the Senate.

The proposal by Republican Rep. Robin Lundstrum of Springdale would increase the amount of time between the in-person meeting and the procedure from 24 hours to 48 hours. It would also require doctors to discuss alternatives, health risks and the probable physical description of the fetus.

Arkansas would join Alabama as the second state to require a two-day wait. Three states have 72 hour waiting periods.

Lundstrum says the change will ensure women get quality information.

Opponents say information required in the mandate is medically inaccurate.