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Posted: Thursday, 12 June 2014 2:56PM

Jindal signs pro-life legislation into law

Today Governor Bobby Jindal is in north Louisiana to sign legislation that would require abortion doctors to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Benjamin Clapper is the Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life. He says this new law will ensure a higher standard of care on abortion clinics.

"And this promotes the continuity of care especially when there are complications with abortions," said Clapper. "We think this is good for Louisiana women and for the unborn children of our state."

Opponents to this legislation say it could force the closure of up to four of the five abortion clinics in Louisiana which would lead women to choose an un-safe method of ending her pregnancy.

Clapper says if these clinics have to close it means they are sub-standard and it means they are not able to reach a higher standard of care.

"We believe that's important. There is no constitutional right to sub-standard medical care," said Clapper. "And this legislation is going to ensure the health and safety of these women."
Reagan Carter is a spokeswoman with Gulf Coast Planned Parenthood. She says House Bill 388 is a terrible bill.

"This will severely limit a woman's access to a safe and legal abortion in Louisiana," said Carter. "It will only hurt women."

Carter says protecting women's health is their top priority. She says everyone wants to protect women's health but admitting privileges simply do not do that.

"Politicians should listen to medical experts who are all opposed to this bill," said Carter. "The American Medical Association and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists oppose admitting privileges."

The new law goes into effect September 1st.

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