House backs new restrictions on abortion clinics
BATON ROUGE - With no debate, the Louisiana House has backed new abortion regulations to require doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Critics say that would shut down three of Louisiana's five abortion clinics, leaving two in the Shreveport area.
The bill sailed through the House with an 85-6 vote Monday and little discussion. It heads next to the Senate for debate.
Monroe Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat, described her proposal as ensuring women have access to proper care if they have complications during an abortion.
Abortion-rights supporters say the bill would add burdensome and medically unnecessary requirements.
Texas recently enacted a similar regulation which was upheld by the federal appeals court in New Orleans.