Senate aims to protect women by raising standards on abortion clinics

Senator Scott Beason (

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Actions taken Tuesday by the Alabama Senate will help women seeking abortions in Alabama are one step closer to having new and important medical safeguards after final passage of the Women's Health and Safety Act (House Bill 57), a measure sponsored by Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R - Indian Springs) and handled in the Alabama Senate by Sen. Scott Beason (R-Gardendale) will substantially raise the standards of treatment, care and aftercare in abortion clinics throughout Alabama. The bill goes back to the House for their concurrence to an amendment that was adopted in the Senate.

Statistics show that abortion centers, on average, operate at an alarming level of non-compliance with acceptable standards of medical care, putting abortion patients at unreasonable risk.

The Women's Health and Safety Act will require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as emergency health care centers, especially since invasive procedures are involved, and would place stronger requirements on doctors who perform the procedures.{} Additionally, provisions in the bill would require clinics to report the names of minors who seek an abortion.

The legislation also provides strong enforcement mechanisms against abortion clinics unable or unwilling to meet the reasonable and medically appropriate health and safety standards set for these facilities.

"Though I and my colleagues are committed opponents of legalized abortion, and we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed, the U.S. Supreme Court has sadly allowed it to remain the law of the land, so we must do everything possible to ensure the procedure is performed in a safe and healthy environment that is also prepared for emergencies that may arise," Sen. Beason said.{}

"As lawmakers, it is our charge to make sure that dangerous, unregulated, fly-by-night clinics will be shut down because, sadly, the State of Alabama has more health regulations in place to protect your cat or dog at a vet clinic," said Senate Majority Leader Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills). "With passage of this legislation this will change forever.{} I am very pleased that this legislation passed overwhelmingly and has been so strongly supported by concerned citizens from all over Alabama," Waggoner said.

Source:{} Office of Senate Majority Leader