Resource: Frederick W. Hopkins, M.D., M.P.H. v. Larry Jegley, et al.


January 8, 2021

(Revised 9.20.21) This case, filed on behalf of a woman’s health care provider in federal district court by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Arkansas, is a challenge to four abortion restrictions passed in Arkansas in 2017. The challenged laws would completely prevent many people from obtaining abortion care, create intrusive and stigmatizing requirements that violate patients’ privacy rights, and leave the state with even more limited access to abortion. Specifically, the four laws would: - Ban the standard method of abortion provided after approximately 14 weeks of pregnancy in Arkansas,. The Center is also challenging virtually identical laws banning this method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester in Louisiana, Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. - Require that patients’ partners or other family members be notified of their abortion; - Force the health care center to report a teenage patient’s abortion to local police and allow the state crime lab to indefinitely hold their personal medical information; and - Force physicians to request a vast number of medical records for each patient with no medical justification, violating physician-patient confidentiality and delaying — or outright blocking — access to abortion care.