New Abortion Law Restricts Clinic Locations
Alabama lawmakers have voted to ban abortion clinics near schools, a prohibition that could cause at least one clinic to close. The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 79 to 15 to prohibit clinics within 2,000 feet of a public K through 12 school. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate. Republican state Rep. Ed Henry of Hartselle said the emotionally charged protests around clinics are not appropriate near children. Democratic state Rep. Patricia Todd, a bill opponent, said the protesters are the problem, not the clinics. The bill was brought after the Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville moved a new location near a school. The school opens in the fall. The clinic moved to comply with a 2013 law that set new building code requirements for abortion clinics.