Jun 23, 2010 8:51 PM by Chris Welty
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's health secretary now has
more discretion to shut down an abortion clinic for safety or
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law Wednesday that gives
the head of the Department of Health and Hospitals the ability to
quickly suspend a license if he decides there is an immediate
health or safety threat at one of a handful of clinics in the state
that provide abortions.
Clinics can appeal the license suspension.
Parks Rep. Fred Mills, sponsor of the new law, has said the
change puts the health secretary's authority over outpatient
abortion clinics in line with the authority he has over other kinds
of health care facilities, like substance abuse and adult day care
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