Under the guise of protecting women, the Alabama House of Representatives is introducing new legislation that would actually shut down abortion clinics. Among the restrictions is a requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at local hospitals; that rule was passed in Mississippi by lawmakers who want to shut down the state's only abortion clinic. The sponsor of the Alabama bill, GOP Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (left), came up with a novel anatomical argument in defense of the legislation:
The legislation...would require physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals; require clinics to follow ambulatory clinic building codes and make it a felony — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications.
McClurkin and other supporters of the bill, known as HB 57, argue that the nature of abortion should require strict regulations, and claim that abortion clinics have a higher rate of regulatory violations than any other providers.
“When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body,” McClurkin said in an interview Thursday. “That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.”