Suspended Little Rock abortion provider may resume practice

October 2, 2020 GMT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Little Rock abortion doctor will be allowed to resume most of his practice temporarily after he was suspended in August for certifying a 12-year-old to receive medical marijuana.

The state Medical Board decided Thursday that Tom Tvedten may resume practicing medicine, including performing abortions, but may not certify any more patients for medical marijuana, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Tvedten defended his actions by saying he had received permission from a concerned mother whose daughter had other “psychoactive” drugs prescribed for post-traumatic stress disorder.


“The reason the patient came to me was that the mother had read somewhere that maybe cannabis products, medical, might be able to help her child,” Tvedten said.

Tvedten offered to settle the case with an agreement that he would no longer certify minor patients to receive medical-marijuana cards, but the board rejected the offer in a unanimous vote. His attorney asked for a continuance until a full hearing can be held in early December.

Several board members expressed serious concerns about Tvedten’s evaluation of the girl and suggested they would prefer he be barred from certifying any additional patients, whether minors or adults, to receive medical marijuana.

Tvedten’s clinic is the only abortion clinic operating in Arkansas. During his temporary license suspension. another board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist agreed to perform abortions in his place.