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DHH rescinds new La. abortion rules

Published: Feb. 4, 2014 at 2:13 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 11, 2014 at 2:13 AM CST
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MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press
    
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is scrapping its rewritten licensing regulations for Louisiana's abortion clinics.
    
Abortion rights supporters had said the new rules would force all five of the state's abortion clinics to shut down.
    
The Department of Health and Hospitals said late Monday it would rewrite the regulation on a later date. DHH had planned a Tuesday hearing about the proposed standards, but had faced loud criticism for the new requirements.
    
Ellie Schilling, a New Orleans lawyer advising the state's abortion clinics, says DHH added new paperwork filings, larger size mandates and increased staffing requirements and also eliminated certain appeal rights.
    
She says that seems aimed at making it impossible for clinics to comply with the rules.
    
DHH initially said the rules were designed to protect women's health and safety.

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