Texas Senate Committee OKs New Requirement For Abortion Doctors

AUSTIN (April 16, 2013)—The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday approved a proposed law that would require doctors who perform abortions have privileges at a nearby hospital.

State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Galveston, presented the bill Tuesday.

It’s one of many efforts by conservative lawmakers to reduce the number of abortions performed in Texas.

Taylor wants doctors who perform surgical abortions, or induce abortions with medications, to have privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.

Supporters say the measure will ensure the safety of women who undergo the procedure and anti-abortion groups support the requirement.

Opponents complain that there are a limited number of doctors who perform abortions and the law will create an access problem for women.

The Texas Hospital Association opposes the bill.

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