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The Supreme Court dismisses an appeal against a law that prohibits medical abortion in Arkansas. Alex Brandon / AP
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The Supreme Court has decided to dismiss the appeal filed by Planned Parenthood against an Arkansas law that prohibits the use of drugs in the practice of…

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The debate over the right to abortion worsened Monday in Arkansas when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State in a dispute over imposing restrictions on abortion measures.

According to The Guardian, the law will “allow the state of Arkansas to put in effect restrictions on how abortion pills are administered,” despite legal disputes filed by Planned Parenthood, who "asked the Court to review an appeals court ruling and reinstate a lower court order that had blocked the law from taking effect.”

This rule, which dates from 2015, says that “any physician who gives, sells, dispenses, administers, or otherwise provides or prescribes the abortion-inducing drug shall have to have a contract with a physician who has admitting privileges at a nearby hospital," explained CNN.

According to Planned Parenthood’s argument, Arkansas will now become "the only state where women will not have access to a couple of drugs that end pregnancies in early stages," such as Mifepristone and Misoprostol.

"This dangerous law also immediately ends access to safe, legal abortion in all but one health center in the state,” said executive vice president of the organization, Dawn Laguens. "If that’s not an undue burden, what is? This law cannot and must not stand. We will not stop fighting for every person’s right to access safe, legal abortion.”

Likewise, Planned Parenthood cited a similar case in Texas, where the Supreme Court overturned a law two years ago.

On that occasion, most magistrates considered that the Texas law "provides few, if any, benefits to women's health; It represents a substantial obstacle for women who want to perform an abortion and constitutes an excessive burden on their constitutional right to do so," EFE explained.

However, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge urged the Supreme Court to reject the appeal arguing that "there is no right to choose medication abortion.”

Although the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, declaring as unconstitutional "any interference by the Government in the decision of the woman on pregnancy", a conservative wave in recent years has managed to impose restrictions on religious and health grounds, dismissing the work of organizations such as Planned Parenthood due to political constraints.

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