New requ­irement for abortion doctors proposed

Doctors would have hospital privileges


The Senate Health and Human Services Committee has approved a proposed law that would require doctors who perform abortions have privileges at a nearby hospital.

Galveston Republican Sen. Larry Taylor presented the bill on Tuesday. The measure is 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. The measure is supported by anti-abortion groups.

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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