Louisiana likely will shutter three or four of the state's five abortion clinics, following the House passage of the "Unsafe Abortion Protection Act" by state Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe. The act requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their offices.
The bill passed the House May 21 by an 88-5 vote. (It passed the Senate on May 14 by a 34-3 vote.) Following its House passage, Gov. Bobby Jindal — who enthusiastically supports the measure and intends to sign it — wrote on Twitter that he was looking forward to signing it, adding, "The bill will give women the health and safety protections they deserve."
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, called on Jindal to veto the bill, saying it was more about limiting access to abortion than increasing medical safety. "We all want to protect women's health and safety — this bill doesn't do that," she wrote in a May 21 statement. "With similar restrictions passed in neighboring states over the objection of leading medical experts, we are deeply concerned that women in a vast stretch of this country are in real danger of losing the ability to access legal abortion safely."