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Fla. Legislators Introduce Admitting Privileges Bill

January 7, 2015 — Two Florida lawmakers have proposed a bill (HB 147) that would require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the facility where they practice, the Palm Beach Post's "Post On Politics" reports.

The measure, sponsored by Republican state Reps. Mike Hill and Scott Plakon, is the first antiabortion-rights bill proposed in this year's legislative session, according to "Post On Politics" (Stapleton, "Post On Politics," Palm Beach Post, 1/6). If it is passed and signed into law, the measure would go into effect in July.

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The Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates said in a statement, "Leading medical groups oppose such laws, because they do nothing to increase patient health and safety and are designed to make it harder for women to access abortion. [FAPPA] is calling on the Florida Legislature to reject this measure, as it poses a risk to women's health."

Meanwhile, Plakon said the legislation is necessary to "make sure that physicians, the doctor performing the procedure, will follow her to the hospital as opposed to a delay in some type of hand off to another doctor" (Landry, WOFL/WOGX, 12/29/14).