House health committee backs new abortion rules
BATON ROUGE - A proposal to add new regulations for abortion providers in Louisiana has received the unanimous support of the House health care committee.
The bill by Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat from Monroe, would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. It's similar to a controversial restriction recently passed in Texas.
Jackson says the proposal would enact "common-sense safety standards" to protect women's health.
Abortion rights supporters say if lawmakers pass the new requirement, it would force the closure of three of Louisiana's five abortion clinics - and leave none open south of Shreveport.
The House Health and Welfare Committee advanced the proposal Wednesday without objection. It heads next to the House floor for debate.