Governor Asa Hutchinson has issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a challenge to Arkansas Act 557, a law that requires physicians who provide medically induced abortions to contract with a doctor who has hospital-admitting privileges. Planned Parenthood sued to stop Arkansas from implementing the law, which the Arkansas legislature passed in 2015 to create safeguards to protect women in case of a complication with abortion-inducing medication.

“The Supreme Court’s decision today was good news for those who are concerned about health and safety in the administration of medically induced abortions,” said Governor Hutchinson. “Not only does the Court’s action uphold Arkansas law but it also underscores the importance and necessity of protecting women, as well as the unborn, with common-sense measures.”