Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signs law raising requirements for abortion clinics
April 9th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signs law raising requirements for abortion clinics

(CNN) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed a law Tuesday that drastically raises the safety requirements for abortion clinics to operate - a measure that he says "has been endorsed by pro-life groups across America."

"As a physician, and as a governor, I am proud to sign this legislation," Bentley, a Republican, said in a statement. "This bill provides appropriate standards of care."

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  1. truth hurts but reality bites

    Once signed, Alabama's new law would require abortion clinics to meet the standards of an "ambulatory surgical center," Staci Fox, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, has said.
    This means the state's five abortion clinics would have to remodel to increase the sizes of rooms and doorways.
    "It puts an undue burden on existing facilities. All of this makes it harder to access health care," Fox said.
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    undue burden??? they never should have been operating out of facilities that were not able to provide for adequate access to medical personnel. this would never be allowed at a nursing home. it should not have been allowed at any medical facility. it is just common sense.

    April 9, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Yep...more of the GOP/Teatroll "outreach" effort. Please proceed, guys. Keep it up. This is just more proof that all the rest of us have to do is relax and watch you self-destruct at this point...IT'S NOW JUST A WAITING GAME. Buh-bye.

    BTW, this is just a blatant attempt to put abortion clinics out of business by forcing unduly burdensome operating expenses upon them and which have no connection whatsoever to the medical industry's accepted standard of medical care for provision of abortion services.

    April 9, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. American Holocaust

    The ONLY answer is to shut down the abortion gas chambers in this country. End the murder of innocent babies at the hands of "health providers".

    April 9, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Anthony in California

    @American Holocaust
    The ONLY answer is to shut down the abortion gas chambers in this country. End the murder of innocent babies at the hands of "health providers".

    So what do you do with all the unwanted children... enlist them into the military to fight one of your Oil-Wars?

    April 9, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "undue burden??? they never should have been operating out of facilities that were not able to provide for adequate access to medical personnel. this would never be allowed at a nursing home. it should not have been allowed at any medical facility. it is just common sense."

    Except there's zero evidence that any of those conditions existed or were the basis for this legislation. It's all made up in your head and in the heads of the rest of the religio-fascists and conservatives who have, for some odd and unexplainable reason, decided that the election of a black man as POTUS and polls showing that the GOP/Teatrolls are in dire trouble with female and minority voters, meant it was time to spend 5 years trying to find end-runs around Roe v. Wade and deliberately use legislation to put Planned Parenthood and other service providers out of business, despite the fact that the vast VAST majority fo the services they provide are not abortions or even abortion related.

    April 9, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "So what do you do with all the unwanted children"

    Why, you raise them to hate and fear minorities and to believe in trickle-down daydreams and the economy's confidence fairies. Duh.

    April 9, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. 2012liberal

    Let me get this straight-u want 2 defund ss and take ppls security n the future away, u want 2 defund medicare 2 take away their security now, u want 2 defund planned parenthood so we hv more unwanted children and more std, u want 2 defund educ so only those that can afford a priv educ will b educated, u want 2 defune HUD and put poop ppl on the streets AND u want everyone 2 hv the ability 2 by assault weapons? WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?!

    April 9, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. 2012liberal

    Women, gays, youth, elderly, the poor and the colored r second class citizens n the good ole USA. Baaahahaha. We will not 4get.

    April 9, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    Okay, GOPers. Lets just take everything back to before 1860. Slavery will be okay, we can all own guns and shoot at whoever we see fit, women can't vote or have abortions, and white men will reign supreme. We would be back on the RIGHT side again, right?

    April 9, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. ghostriter

    truth, there is a difference between a clinic and an ambulatory surgical center.

    And what about the part of the law requiring young girls to name the father and potentially putting him in jail? You guys can't be fine with that. But then again, this has nothing to do with saftey. This has to do with ending abortion in Alabama like they are trying to do in Mississippi.

    It's almost comical. These republican led states pretty much sit around waiting to see what other state do and try and mimic it. Just like all the republican led states attempted voting law changes. In key states anyway. And union changes.

    April 9, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. Slowburn

    They're worried as hell that abortion will survive. Yet after the child is born, they could care less if it gets food, clothing, education, or a place to live. As long as it can put on a uniform, and die at the age of 18, it's A-Okay. Hypocrites.

    April 9, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. Larry L

    Wouldn't it be great if thing could return to the "good old days" where abortions were performed in some dark alley by a drug addict with a coat hanger... the way God intended...

    April 9, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein

    Is it really necessary to do this? I don't see why this is such a big deal with so many people.

    April 9, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. P G Williams

    Does he realize that another person's life is just as important as his? (Psalm 139: 13-16)

    April 9, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |