Posted: Feb 3, 2014 10:56 PM by Trey Schmaltz
BATON ROUGE- State health leaders scrapped a plan to rewrite licensing regulations for abortion clinics in Louisiana.
Abortion rights supporters said the new rules would effectively close clinics while Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration called the changes protection for women's health and safety.
Instead, the Department of Health and Hospitals said late Monday it would rewrite the regulation on a later date and cancelled a hearing about the proposed changes scheduled for Tuesday.
Ellie Schilling, a New Orleans lawyer advising the state's abortion clinics, told the Associated Press DHH added new paperwork filings, larger size mandates and increased staffing requirements and also eliminated certain appeal rights. Schilling said it seemed to make it impossible for clinics to comply with the rules.
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