BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed new restrictions against abortion in Louisiana into law, including a requirement that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
The Republican governor held the bill signing Thursday at a West Monroe Baptist church. He says the bill protects women’s health in the case of abortion complications.
The new law takes effect Sept. 1.
Abortion-rights groups say the requirement will shutter at least three of Louisiana’s five abortion clinics, leaving only clinics in the Shreveport area. Planned Parenthood says the measure enacts dangerous restrictions on a safe and legal procedure.
Jindal also signed a bill to prohibit people who work for abortion providers from distributing health information at Louisiana’s public schools.