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Defending Life Spotlight

Arkansas-DL-2021

Unsafe Spotlight

With the help of the Arkansas Family Council, AUL submitted a public records request under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, A.C.A. § 25-19-101 et seq., to the Arkansas Department of Health, Health Facility Services Division. Arkansas has some regulatory limita- tions in effect statewide, and so their response to AUL’s request for information included mostly individual physician records, the major- ity of which were routine documentation. Clinical inspection reports included citations for discharging patients before the 48-hour waiting period expired, failure to properly clean facilities, and failure to perform accurate drug counts of controlled substances. The record for an abortionist employed at Little Rock Family Planning Services included several citations for over prescribing opioids, including one woman who blamed her mother’s death in 1994 on the abortionist’s over-prescription. The abortionist’s record also included a 2008 DUI which he self-reported to the Arkansas Medical Board, and a patient complaint letter following an adverse event from her 2006 abortion which left her incapable of having children.

NUMBER OF REPORTS: 22 
DATE RANGE: 2014–2020