The Louisiana State Legislature on Wednesday passed new regulations for abortion clinics that could force three of the state’s five facilities to close, in line with recent moves in other southern states such as Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.
According to The New York Times, the legislation passed by Republican legislatures require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, a move they say would improve the safety of the procedure. But abortion rights supporters the regulations are a backdoor tactic by pro-life activists to roll back abortion rights by regulating the procedure out of practice.
“With similar restrictions passed in neighboring states over the objection of leading medical experts, we are deeply concerned that women in a vast stretch of this country are in real danger of losing the ability to access legal abortion safely,” Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement, according to the Times.
The law has the support of Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal who called it “a common-sense bill that gives women the health and safety protections they deserve,” the Times reported.
Similar provisions have already taken effect in Texas where more than a dozen clinics have been forced to close. A law passed in 2012 in Mississippi, would force the closure of the state’s only clinic but is currently stayed under court review. And Alabama’s 2013 admitting-requirement law has also been stayed by a federal district judge, according to the Times.