Louisiana Senate OKs Bill to Hold Abortion Centers Accountable for Problems
by Steven Ertelt
June 15, 2010
Baton Rouge, LA (LifeNews.com) — While most of the focus in the Louisiana Senate Monday centered on the bill that would allow the state to opt out of some of the abortion funding under the Obama health care law, state legislators also approved a bill to better hold failing abortion centers accountable.
The Senate approved the measure unanimously, as the state House has, and now it heads to pro-life Gov, Bobby Jindal, who is expected to sign it into law.
The legislation gives the state health secretary broader power to revoke the licenses of abortion centers when they violate state law or put the health and safety of women at risk.
Rep. Fred Mills, a Democrat, is the sponsor of the bill that would allow the head of the Department of Health and Hospitals to immediately suspend the license of an abortion center that is putting women’s health at risk with shoddy abortions.
"Current law does not allow for immediate suspension for abortion clinic licenses, even when violations pose immediate health risks," said Sen. Willie Mount, a Democrat who sponsored the measure in the Senate.
The Associated Press indicates the measure would also increase the health secretary’s authority to refuse to renew an abortion facility’s license or deny a license after an investigation, although abortion businesses would have a chance to appeal the decision.
Backers of the bill say it would provide the same authority to the health secretary as he has over legitimate medical centers.
Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a New Orleans Democrat, failed in her effort to water down the bill by removing the provision preventing an owner of an abortion center whose license is revoked from managing another abortion business.
"That particular penalty is rather extreme," Peterson said. However, her amendment only received four votes.
Related web sites:
Louisiana Right to Life – https://prolifelouisiana.org
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