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Arkansas Contraception Refusal Clause

This law was last updated on Dec 6, 2016


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Arkansas

Number

Ark. Code Ann. § 20-16-304

Status

Current

Topics

Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Medication Abortion, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

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Arkansas law allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide contraceptive procedures, supplies, or information.

Physicians, pharmacists, or any other authorized paramedical personnel may refuse to provide contraceptive procedures, supplies, or information.

No private institution or physician, nor any agent or employee of the institution or physician, nor any employee of a public institution acting under directions of a physician, may be prohibited from refusing to provide contraceptive procedures, supplies, and information when the refusal is based upon religious or conscientious objection.

The refusal of an institution, employee, agent, or physician may not be the basis for liability.

The law, enacted in 1973, does not require individuals or entities that refuse to provide such services to offer any notification or referrals to people seeking contraceptive services or information.