LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas Board of Health member has resigned after the panel ruled that three clinics violated a state law barring them from charging a patient seeking an abortion for related services during the wait period before the procedure.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Robbie Thomas-Knight wrote in a Dec. 27 resignation letter that the board’s decision was made “without a fair discussion or hearing.”
Thomas-Knight also raised concerns that the board includes state Department of Health employees, which she says could be a conflict of interest.
Thomas-Knight's resignation comes after the board sided with the health department in its October decision regarding clinics in Little Rock and Fayetteville.
The board didn't impose fines but the finding enforces a restriction that clinics have said causes them to lose thousands of dollars.
The clinics have appealed the board's finding.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com