A proposed amendment putting more regulations on abortion providers in North Carolina passed a first reading in the state senate yesterday. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports sponsors of the bill say it’s an important step in protecting women’s health, but opponents call it another tactic to decrease women’s access to abortions.
The most significant part of the proposed amendment requires physicians performing abortions to gain hospital admitting privileges to a facility within 30 miles of the clinic.
Legislators supporting the amendment say it’s vital to ensuring a woman’s emotional and physical health. But reproductive health advocates say it’s another unnecessary and arbitrary law targeting abortion providers to harass them out of business. The amendment follows a legislative trend happening in other states, most recently in Mississippi where the Jackson Women’s Health Center, the last abortion clinic in the state, threatens to be shut down.