- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas House committee has advanced a bill to change the type of information a woman receives from a physician before an abortion and to increase the wait time after the consultation.

The proposal by Republican Rep. Robin Lundstrum of Springdale would increase the amount of time between the meeting and the procedure from 24 hours to 48 hours. It would also require doctors to discuss alternatives, health risks and the probable physical description of the fetus.

The Committee on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor sent the bill to the full House on a voice vote on Tuesday.

Lundstrum says the change will ensure women get quality information about abortions.

A Planned Parenthood lobbyist told the committee that some of the proposed mandatory information is medically inaccurate.


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