St. Joseph County’s proposed abortion doctor law stalls

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A push in South Bend to require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital has stalled.

A St. Joseph County Council committee voted 5-2 Tuesday night to continue review of the proposed ordinance rather than advance it for a full council vote.

Republican councilman Dan Herbster said the proposal he sponsors would go further than current state law that requires abortion doctors without admitting privileges to have an agreement with a local doctor who does.

The proposal’s supporters say it would protect the health of women undergoing abortions because the doctor would be connected with a nearby hospital in case of complications. Opponents say it is aimed at further restricting the availability of abortions and wrongly singles out one type of outpatient procedure.

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