>> The US Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear Planned Parenthood's challenge to a controversial Arkansas law that will make it more difficult for women to have a medically induced abortion. The law requires doctors who provide the abortion pill to have a contract with physicians who have hospital admitting privileges.
The pill, currently available in the first nine weeks of pregnancy, is taken in two doses, one at the doctor's office, the second a few days later at home. Supporters say the law is a necessary safety measure in the event of complications that may arise for the woman after the second dose.
But Planned Parenthood says the restrictions are unnecessary. If complications do occur with the pills, which are considered safe, they say the patient could get help at a nearby emergency room. Planned Parenthood says they contacted every qualified doctor in the state and that none said they were willing to enter into the contract.
The group said two of the state's three abortion clinics may have to close, because they'll be unable to comply with the law. And if the law goes into effect, it says many women will be forced to travel hundreds of miles to get an abortion. While others, including victims of rape, will have to undergo a surgical abortion, instead of the less invasive medically induced method.
Planned Parenthood says it still has legal options and intends to pursue them.