Arkansas judge temporarily blocks abortion billing limits

Arkansas judge temporarily blocks abortion billing limits
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A judge has temporarily blocked Arkansas regulators from imposing billing restrictions on three abortion providers, citing concerns about the constitutionality of the billing law.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Tuesday said there’s a “substantial probability” that the law is unconstitutional.

The case stems from the state Board of Health deciding that the clinics violated a state law that bars clinics from charging a patient seeking an abortion for related services during the 48-hour wait period before the procedure.

Fox noted that he isn't aware of any other state-imposed restrictions related to medical billing. He says the enforcement block will be in place until the case goes to trial or a higher court intervenes.

Lawyers for the state Attorney General requested a federal court take on the case shortly after Fox's ruling.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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