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Arkansas

Grade

Arkansas's grade on choice-related laws:

Methodology

Access Fact

97 percent of Arkansas counties have no abortion provider

Methodology

Source: Guttmacher Institute

Political Info and Laws in Brief

Executives

  • Governor Mike Beebe (D) is mixed-choice.

Legislature

  • The Arkansas House is anti-choice.
  • The Arkansas Senate is anti-choice.

ANTI-CHOICE LAWS

Abortion Bans

Arkansas bans a safe abortion procedure and has an unconstitutional and unenforceable near-total criminal ban on abortion.
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Biased Counseling & Mandatory Delay

Arkansas law subjects women seeking abortion services to biased-counseling requirements and mandatory delays.
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Counseling Ban/Gag Rule

Arkansas prohibits certain state employees and organizations receiving state funds from advocating for or promoting abortion services.
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Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Arkansas has a "Choose Life" license-plate program and refers women to CPCs.
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Insurance Prohibition for Abortion

Arkansas restricts insurance coverage of abortion for some individuals.
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Other Anti-Choice Law

Arkansas' constitution includes a strongly anti-choice policy statement.
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Refusal to Provide Medical Services

Arkansas allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals.
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Restrictions on Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion

Arkansas restricts low-income women's access to abortion.
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Restrictions on Young Women's Access to Abortion

Arkansas law restricts young women's access to abortion services by mandating parental consent.
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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP)

Arkansas subjects abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals.
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PRO-CHOICE LAWS

Contraceptive Equity

Arkansas law requires health-insurance plans that cover prescription medication to provide the same coverage for contraception.
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Emergency Contraception

Arkansas law improves women's access to information about emergency contraception (EC).
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OTHER RELEVANT LAWS

Post-Viability Abortion Restriction

Arkansas restricts post-viability abortion.
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