LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge is extending the halt to an Arkansas law that critics say would make the state the first in the nation to effectively ban abortion pills.
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday granted a preliminary injunction preventing Arkansas from enforcing the law, which says doctors who provide the pills must hold a contract with a physician with admitting privileges at a hospital who agrees to handle any complications.
A 14-day temporary restraining order Baker issued against the law expired Monday afternoon.
The U.S. Supreme Court in May rejected Planned Parenthood's appeal to reinstate Baker's 2016 ruling blocking the law. Planned Parenthood said its two facilities and another unaffiliated clinic in Little Rock had stopped offering medication abortions because of the restriction.