Abor­tion-clinic bill goes to Hutchin­son

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL - — Michael R. Wickline

The Arkansas Se­nate on Mon­day sent to the gov­er­nor leg­is­la­tion that would make abor­tion clin­ics sub­ject to im­me­di­ate shut­down for health and safety vi­o­la­tions.

The Se­nate voted 28-5 to ap­prove House Bill 1428 by Rep. Robin Lund­strum, R-Elm Springs, who said her bill is in­tended to re­quire abor­tion clin­ics to keep up with safety stan­dards. Abor­tion-rights ad­vo­cates have said the clin­ics are al­ready in com­pli­ance with those stan­dards.

The pro­posal would re­quire the state Depart­ment of Health to im­me­di­ately sus­pend the li­cense of a clinic for le­gal or code vi­o­la­tions that “pose an im­mi­nent threat to the health, wel­fare or safety of a pa­tient.” It also would make an­nual in­spec­tions statu­tory, as well as a $ 500 fee to be paid by the clinic.

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