AUL - Arkansas Senators Protect Women With Overwhelming Votes




LITTLE ROCK, AK (03-25-11) – Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended Arkansas’ Senators for their “landslide votes for life” in approving two bills that offer women unique protections. “It is now up to the Arkansas House to show women that their health and safety is more important than politically correct support for a poorly regulated abortion industry,” she said.

The Arkansas Senate voted 22 to 7 for SB840, the Abortion Inducing Drugs Safety Act, sponsored by Sen. Missy Irvin.  In even greater numbers, the state senators voted 25 to 4 in support of Sen. Jason Rapert’s sponsored SB845, the Abortion Patients’ Enhanced Safety Act, which upgrades clinic regulations to meet the standard of ambulatory surgical centers.

The Abortion Patients’ Enhanced Safety Act addresses the problem of dangerous conditions for women in abortion clinics. The bill will require abortion clinics to be licensed and inspected regularly by state officials and to meet the same high standards for patient care and safety as ambulatory surgical centers.

Referring to the abortionist indicted in Philadelphia for eight deaths in his “House of Horrors” abortion clinic, Dr. Yoest observed, “As the Gosnell case and other recent cases across the nation have shown, the abortion industry cannot be counted on to police itself.  For too long, substandard practitioners and dangerous clinics have been allowed to injure and endanger untold numbers of women each year.  We must place women’s health and safety above abortion industry profits and ideology.”

The Abortion Inducing Drugs Safety Act requires that physicians examine a woman before dispensing an abortion-inducing drug to assess the stage of the pregnancy and to ensure that she does not have any hidden conditions making the drug even more dangerous for her. It also requires that abortion-causing drugs not be administered in ways not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

“Abortion providers have been dispensing abortion drugs in an unsafe manner that serves only to boost their own profit margins, but it’s real women who pay the price when complications arise,” said Dr. Yoest.

For more information on the Abortion Patients’ Enhanced Safety Act and  the Abortion-Inducing Drug Safety Act, go to:

To track the legislation’s progress throughout the session, check out AUL’s Legislative Watch for the bill’s current status at:


AUL Action is the legislative action arm of Americans United for Life, a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision since 1971 is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. AULA played an important role during the Health Care Reform debates because of its opposition to taxpayer funded abortion, which included pivotal advertising campaigns in 14 congressional districts and extensive work on Capitol Hill. AULA's efforts during the last two Supreme Court confirmation events led to Dr. Yoest being asked to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee twice. AUL's legal team has been involved in every abortion-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the successful defense of the Hyde Amendment. AUL also publishes Defending Life, the most comprehensive state-by-state legal guide of its kind, which is distributed annually to legislators across the nation.