May 17, 2012 — An Alabama Senate committee did not bring up for a vote a House-approved bill that would require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as outpatient health centers before a deadline, effectively killing the bill for the session, AP/WTVM reports.
Tuesday was the last day for the Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee to consider bills in the current legislative session. State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R) said she plans to reintroduce the bill in the 2013 legislative session, which begins in February (AP/WTVM, 5/15).
The bill also would have required physicians who provide abortion care to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and take part in before and after care of the patient. In some cases, clinics would have to report the names of minors who seek abortion care and the person suspected to be the father (Women's Health Policy Report, 5/11).
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