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Arkansas Telemedicine Ban (SB 53)

This law was last updated on Jan 16, 2015

This law is Anti–Choice




SB 53




Jan 15, 2015


Co-sponsors: 54
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 55


Medication Abortion, Telemedicine Abortion Bans

Full Bill Text

SB 53 would prohibit dispensing abortion-inducing drugs (i.e., mifepristone-misoprostol or any other chemical regimen) by anyone other than a physician and would require that the woman and physician both be present in the same room when the drugs are administered.

The bill also would require the physician to make reasonable efforts to ensure that the patient returns for a follow-up visit 12 to 18 days after the administration or use of the drug, and to document such efforts by including in the woman’s medical record the date, time, and name of the person making the effort.

The bill would not affect telemedicine practice that does not involve the use of mifepristone or a drug or chemical used to induce abortion.

The bill provides for civil remedies as well as disciplinary action or assessment of an administrative penalty against a person who violates the law, and would prohibit legal action against a pregnant woman who receives a medical abortion or who purchases medication abortion drugs for the purposes of inducing her own abortion.


Signed into law by Gov. Hutchinson on February 26, 2015.

Companion bill to HB 1076.

Similar to SB 913 which was introduced and failed to pass in 2013.