Ala. Legislature sets stricter abortion standards


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature is getting closer to placing stricter regulations on abortion clinics.

The Senate voted 22-10 Tuesday night to approve the Women's Health and Safety Act. It is a slightly different version of the bill passed by the House in February. The bill must return to the House for consideration.

The Senate's vote was largely along party lines, with support mostly from Republicans and opposition mostly from Democrats.

The bill requires abortion clinics to use doctors who have approval to admit patients to hospitals in the same city. It also sets stricter building requirements, including wider halls and better fire suppression systems.

Proponents say it will make abortions safer. Opponents say most of Alabama's licensed clinics can't meet the requirements.

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