Arkansas Abortion Reversal Information Bill (SB 341)
This law was last updated on Aug 6, 2019
SB 341 clarifies the type of information abortion providers should provide their patients when explaining it might be possible to “reverse” the effects of a medication abortion.
Current state law already requires physicians to provide materials that include information on reversing the effects of abortion-inducing drugs. This law clarifies what type of information the materials should include.
After the first drug involved in the two-drug process is dispensed in a medication abortion, the physician or an agent of the physician must provide written materials to the pregnant person which should include the following statement:
Notice to Patients Having Medication Abortions That Use Mifepristone: Mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or Mifeprex, alone is not always effective in ending a pregnancy. It may be possible to reverse its intended effect if the second pill or tablet has not been taken or administered. If you change your mind and wish to try to continue the pregnancy, you can locate immediate help by searching the term “abortion pill reversal” on the internet.
The notice must include directions to access the state health department’s website and other resources.
The bill amends HB 1578, which passed in 2015.
2/14/19 – Introduced; referred to Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee.
2/28/19 – Passed the Senate by a 29-5 vote.
3/14/19 – Passed house committee.
3/18/19 – Passed the House by a 70-14 vote.
3/20/19 – Signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R).