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House health committee backs new abortion rules

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Posted: Mar 19, 2014 3:16 PM by Melinda Deslatte
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: abortion rules, admitting privileges, louisiana legislature, health care

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.

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