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Reckon’s guide to abortion in Arkansas

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the long-held right to an abortion for every American and left abortion access up to each state for the first time in 50 years. That led to most abortions being banned in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas. We know more states have existing laws banning abortion that will soon take effect or will pass new laws to ban the procedure.

Information about abortion is changing quickly across the country. And in some states where abortion is already outlawed, healthcare professionals are navigating vague laws that raise questions about whether they’re able to share medically accurate information about the procedure.

Reckon is producing state-by-state guides to help our readers in states with bans understand where and how they can still find the science-based information they need about abortion. We relied on databases such as ineedana.com, talked to community-based abortion workers and verified information with local clinics.

Each guide includes information about current state law, information about the closest open abortion clinics and information about medication abortion.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), the country’s leading membership organization for OB-GYNs, reiterated shortly before the Supreme Court ruling that abortion is essential healthcare.

Editor’s note: The abortion landscape is evolving rapidly. Our coverage reflects the most up-to-date information we have at the time of publication. Please contact us if you see anything in our stories that should be updated.

About the law:

Type of ban: Total

Exceptions: Threat to patient’s life; miscarriage; to remove an ectopic pregnancy

Are there doctors in the state currently providing abortions? No

Arkansas’ law, enacted the same day Roe v. Wade was overturned, makes performing an abortion a felony. The text of the law does not make exceptions for victims of sexual assault.

Abortion providers face up to 10 years imprisonment for performing an abortion and/or a fine up to $100,000. The law explicitly does not make it a crime for patients to receive an abortion.

Who will enforce abortion-related laws? Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a statement directing enforcement to begin immediately, and directed the state’s health department, which regulates abortion clinics, to enforce it.

Access to abortion pills via telemedicine

Arkansas law also criminalizes accessing abortion pills via telemedicine or mail. The most common medication is mifepristone. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has said that states cannot ban mifepristone because it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Aidaccess.org, an international non-profit, provides doctor-led consultations and mails abortion pills to any state in the country.

Closest abortion provider to major metro areas in Arkansas (as identified by ineedana.com)

Little Rock metro area

Planned Parenthood Fairview Heights Health Center

  • Address: 317 Salem Place, Fairview Heights, IL 62208
  • Phone: (618) 277-6668
  • Available up to 26 weeks

Hope Clinic for Women

  • Address: 1602 21st St, Granite City, IL 62040
  • Phone: (618) 451-5722
  • Available up to 24 weeks

Center for Women’s Health

  • Address: 4840 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 491-6878
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Fayetteville metro area

Center for Women’s Health

  • Address: 4840 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 491-6878
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Planned Parenthood, Comprehensive Health Center of Overland Park

  • Address: 4401 W 109th St #100, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 345-1400
  • Available up to 21 weeks

Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center

  • Address: 5107 E Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS 67218
  • Phone: (316) 260-6934
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Fort Smith metro area

Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center

  • Address: 5107 E Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS 67218
  • Phone: (316) 260-6934
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Center for Women’s Health

  • Address: 4840 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 491-6878
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Planned Parenthood, Comprehensive Health Center of Overland Park

  • Address: 4401 W 109th St #100, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 345-1400
  • Available up to 21 weeks

Springdale metro area

Center for Women’s Health

  • Address: 4840 College Blvd, Overlland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 491-6878
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Planned Parenthood, Comprehensive Health Center of Overland Park

  • Address: 4401 W 109th St #100, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 345-1400
  • Available up to 21 weeks

Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center

  • Address: 5107 E Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS 67218
  • Phone: (316) 260-6934
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Jonesboro metro area

Planned Parenthood Fairview Heights Health Center

  • Address: 317 Salem Place, Fairview Heights, IL 62208
  • Phone: (618) 277-6668
  • Available up to 26 weeks

Hope Clinic for Women

  • Address: 1602 21st St, Granite City, IL 62040
  • Phone: (618) 451-5722
  • Available up to 24 weeks

Planned Parenthood, Springfield Health Center

  • Address: 601 N Bruns Lane, Springfield, IL 62702
  • Phone: (217) 546-1060
  • Available up to 21 weeks

Additional resources:

The Reckon state-by-state abortion guides were reported by Abbey Crain, Anna Claire Vollers, Anna Beahm, John Hammontree, Sarah Swetlik of the Alabama Education Lab and Erica Hensley of the Fuller Project. Clarissa Brooks, Alexis Wray, Katie Johnston, Madison Underwood and Abbey Crain provided graphics. R.L. Nave, John Hammontree, Ruth Serven Smith and Kelly Scott edited the guides.

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