Alabama Looking to Tighten Abortion Rules

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- State health officials are proposing new rules that would reduce the number of abortions an Alabama doctor can perform without coming under regulation as an abortion clinic.

While state rules now define an abortion clinic as any facility that performs 30 or more abortions during any two months in a year, the planned regulation would define a clinic as any place that performs 10 or more abortions in any single month.

An attorney for the Alabama Department of Public Health, Brian Hale, said Wednesday the proposal will be considered during a public hearing set for Oct. 29.

Hale says the new rule is partly in response to the state's legal fight to shut down what it claimed was a doctor operating an illegal abortion clinic in Birmingham

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