Oklahoma Court Tosses Abortion Law On Hospital Privileges

Dec 14, 2016

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An Oklahoma court has thrown out a law that required abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges.

The law required doctors who performed abortions in the state to be able to admit patients to nearby hospitals. Doctors must apply for the privileges and go through a credentialing process.

The court ruling that threw out the law is seen as positive by people who support abortion rights. Trust Women of Wichita – which runs Southwind Women's Center, the former site of Dr. George Tiller's clinic – has recently opened a clinic in Oklahoma.

In a statement, Trust Women of Wichita CEO Julie Burkhart said “politicians should be more concerned about helping women and their families, especially in a state where 25 percent of all children live in poverty.”


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