Pro-Life Supporters Seek Tighter Rules for Physicians

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Montgomery, Ala.

Pro-life advocates are asking the state to impose tighter restrictions on doctors performing the medical procedure in Alabama.

The state health agency held a public hearing Thursday on a proposed rule that would drastically reduce the number of abortions a physician's office can perform without being considered an abortion clinic. Such a designation increases state oversight.

The group told a hearing officer they want even tighter regulations, with doctor's offices unable to perform any abortions without being considered a clinic. They say that would help protect women.

Current rules define an abortion clinic as any facility that performs 30 or more abortions during any two months in a year. The new rule would drop that to 10 monthly.

A state health committee will decide later on the final rule.


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