ACLU sues to prevent Tuscaloosa abortion clinic closure

ACLU sues to prevent Tuscaloosa abortion clinic closure

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WSFA) - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Alabama are filing a federal lawsuit aimed at preventing the only abortion clinic in Tuscaloosa from being closed by what they see as unnecessary state regulations.

The case was brought on behalf of the West Alabama Women's Center. The ACLU says state regulations that require all doctors who provide an abortion have local hospital staff privileges or that the facility get a written agreement from a local doctor who has such privileges could force the clinic to close.

Further, the ACLU contends the regulation is aimed solely at abortion providers and does not affect doctors who provide other office-based procedures that entail greater risks than an abortion.

The Tuscaloosa clinic is responsible for around 40 percent of the abortions in Alabama, the ACLU says, and is one of just two Alabama clinics where a second trimester abortion can be provided.

Records show Alabama clinics performed 7,423 abortions in 2013, down 17.8 percent from 2010.

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