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UPDATE: LA House Passes Abortion Bill

House Bill-388 Passes in the House of Representatives, 85-6 and will move on to the Senate
UPDATE  MARCH 31st:

House Bill 388 Passed in the Louisiana House of Representatives 85-6.  It will move on for consideration in the Senate.  If passed, House Bill 388 will require doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius of where an abortion is performed.


There is nothing that stops doctors who perform abortions from getting these privileges at this time, but this bill would require they have them in order to perform abortions. 


MONROE- 
Louisiana State Representative Katrina Jackson, (D - Monroe), says there's only one doctor in the entire state with what's called "admission privileges."

She wants to change that.

"We need to make sure Louisiana women are being taken care of," said Jackson

If passed, House Bill 388 will require doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius of where an abortion is performed.

“The physician can actually pick up the phone, call the hospital and say hey I’m bringing my patient in, we need an emergency room, or a surgical room, this is what's happened to the patient."

Jackson says doctors at abortion clinics currently face road blocks when complications occur.

"Usually they call 9-1-1, the ambulance comes, and because the doctor has no affiliation with the hospital, no admitting privileges, the physician performing the abortion cannot follow the patient to continue care," adds Jackson.

Present legislation allows doctors performing other types of minor surgeries the same privileges.

"The only physicians we left off of that law, and we didn't realize it, was abortion physicians"

Jackson believes the issue is not about pro-life or pro-choice.

"We are making sure that women get the best health care possible, regardless of what decision they make.”



UPDATE:
On Monday, the full House of Representatives will take up bill that calls for requirements of physicians who perform abortions.

Monroe Rep. Katrina Jackson is the author of the bill. It would require physicians who perform abortions to have active admitting privileges to a hospital that provides obstetrical or gynecological and is located within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is performed.


UPDATE: A house committee has passed a bill that calls for requirements of physicians who perform abortions. 

The House Health & Welfare Committee heard from those in support of and against HB 388.

Monroe Rep. Katrina Jackson is the author of the bill. It would require physicians who perform abortions to have active admitting privileges to a hospital that provides obstetrical or gynecological and is located within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is performed.

The bill will now be taken up by the full House of Representatives. 

Those in favor of the bill say it will better protect women, while those opposed say its an attempt to shut down abortion clinics across the state. 


West Monroe -- A bill that would requirements of physicians who perform abortions will be heard Wednesday before the House Health & Welfare Committee.

Monroe Rep. Katrina Jackson is the author of the bill.

Click here to read the bill.

The committee will take up the bill at 10:30 a.m.

Jackson says the bill does not create a database of names of those who will have an abortion.

The bill would require doctors who perform more than five abortions a year to maintain proper licensing.
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