Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin sends cease and desist letters to companies advertising abortion pill access

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin is ordering two out-of-state companies to stop advertising in the state.

Griffin said in a Tuesday release that the two companies were in violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act related to abortion pill marketing and sales. Griffin’s office sent cease and desist letters to Choices Women’s Medical Center, Inc. of New York and Aid Access of the Netherlands.

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The attorney general said the companies were advertising being able to ship abortion pills to the state, the use of which in the state is prohibited.

“Abortions are prohibited in Arkansas except under very limited circumstances. As such, abortion pills may not be legally shipped to Arkansans or brought into the State for use by Arkansans,” Griffin claimed.

If the companies do not stop they would be subject to a lawsuit from his office, Griffin said.

“These companies must cease and desist advertising relating to the performance of abortion services in Arkansas immediately or face the possibility of lawsuits from my office,” Griffin said. “As Attorney General, I will continue fighting to enforce the laws of our state.”

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The Deceptive Trade Practices Act allows penalties of up to $10,000 per violation. The attorney general said the companies have 14 days to comply with the order.

Arkansas enforced a trigger ban on June 24, 2022 that prohibits abortion at all stages of pregnancy. This ban was put in place after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

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