Alabama abortion providers must meet hospital safety standards, have admitting privileges
Sponsored by Rep. McClurkin, and signed into law in 2013 by Gov. Robert Bentley, HB57 (the “Women’s Health and Safety Act” – Act No. 2013-79) raises the safety requirements for abortion clinics to the same level as ambulatory surgical centers as specified in the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code. In addition, HB57 mandates that doctors who provide abortions must have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Abortion patients are required to identify the age of the baby’s father to ensure that the circumstances of the pregnancy did not involve an unreported criminal rape.