Arkansas health official resigns over abortion clinic vote

Arkansas health official resigns over abortion clinic vote
(Source: KAIT)

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

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