Friday, September 22, 2006

Alabama Public Health Committee Approves Changes To Abortion ...

The Alabama Committee on Public Health on Wednesday unanimously voted to approve changes to regulations for clinics providing abortion services that would boost requirements for substitute physicians and increase the responsibility of medical directors, the AP/ reports (Hunter, AP/, 9/20). According to an Alabama Department of Public Health regulation implemented in 2003, clinics must have a physician with admitting privileges at a local hospital to replace on-staff doctors when they are away. State officials have been examining the rule since the Montgomery, Ala., clinic Reproductive Health Services during an Aug. 2 inspection was found to have been operating without a backup physician for about a year. The clinic was closed for about one month but was allowed to reopen on Tuesday under a provisionary license (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 9/21).

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