Federal judge hears challenge to Arkansas abortion laws

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An official with Arkansas’ only surgical abortion clinic says the facility could close within a month if a federal judge doesn’t block a new law restricting who can perform abortions in the state.

The clinic director of Little Rock Family Planning Services said during a hearing Monday that the facility has only one physician who complies with the requirement that doctors performing abortions be board-certified or board-eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. That physician lives in California and only works at the Little Rock clinic for a few days every other month.

A federal judge heard testimony in a request to block that law and two other abortion restrictions before they take effect Wednesday. The laws are being challenged by Little Rock Family Planning and Planned Parenthood, which only offers medication-induced abortions at its Arkansas facilities.

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