Alabama Senate Passes Bill that Requires Tougher Standards for Abortion Clinics

(WSFA) Supporters of the bill say it's all about safety.

Opponents say the bill intends to end abortions in the state.

"You're trying to close these that there are no abortions in Alabama," said Sen. Harri Anne Smith.
That's the charge from opponents of H-B 57. 

They say the tighter requirements on clinics would force them out of business.  

Many rallied outside the state house in the hours before the bill passed the senate.

H-B 57 requires abortion clinics to use doctors who have approval to admit patients to hospitals in the same city. 

It also sets stricter building requirements, including wider halls and better fire suppression systems.

"They we're doing this in the name of safety...this bill is not about safety," said Sen. Linda Coleman. 

Scott Beason is the bill's senate sponsor.

"I have a long record of being against abortion, but the federal courts the federal governments says that it's legal. We just want to make sure it's as safe as possible," said Sen. Scott Beason.

"That's concerning. I think the public should be aware of those provisions that really didn't deal with the welfare of protecting women," said Sen. Harri Anne Smith.

"It's funny to me that the same people who will bring that suit are the same ones who care about the state spending money. You know what, why don't they not bring a suit and we don't have to spend anything," said Beason.

The bill already passed the house, but because of a slight change, it will have to go back there before it likely heads to governor's desk.

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