Abortion clinic files lawsuit over state regulation

West Alabama Womens Clinic

A Tuscaloosa abortion clinic is suing the state over a regulation that could cause the facility to permanently close.

West Alabama Women’s Center filed the federal lawsuit last week against state health officials over a regulation that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital or a contract with a physician who does to handle patients with complications.

The requirement is not new. However, the clinic’s previous physician retired and the new doctor has been unable to gain admitting privileges or find a local gynecologist to take the contract.

Susan Watson of the American Civil Liberties Union says the regulation is unnecessary. She says doctors face harassment by anti-abortion activists if they work with clinics.

The clinic is one of five abortion providers in Alabama.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.


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