Legislation in the two states require physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at an adequately equipped hospital within 30 miles (50 kms) of the place where the abortion is performed. Supporters say the measures are aimed at protecting women’s health.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, signed into law the new restrictions on Wednesday and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, also a Republican, will sign a similar bill this week, representatives for the two said on Wednesday.
Abortion rights groups maintain the privileges provision is unnecessary because abortion complications are rare and tend to be similar to those of a miscarriage, which often are treated by emergency room physicians.
Admitting privileges generally allow a doctor who is approved by a hospital to admit a patient for treatment at the hospital.
Melissa Flournoy, Louisiana director for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, has predicted that at least three of the state’s five clinics could close once the abortion bill becomes law.
“It’s clear the intent of this legislation is to shut down health centers, which would have devastating consequences for women across Louisiana,” Flournoy said in a statement.
But then, that's the point. Safety was never an issue, just regulating abortion clinics out of existence. That of course will totally make the need for abortions vanish.