Alabama State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin is sponsoring House Bill 57 'The Women’s Health and Safety Act' which would “require clinics to follow ambulatory clinic building codes and make it a felony for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications,” reports the Montgomery Advertiser.
McClurkin says her bill is necessary because the fetus is “the largest organ in a body” (video below).
“When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body,” McClurkin said. “That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.”
Critics have claimed that House Bill 57 is so restrictive that it would force many abortion clinics to close. The ambulatory clinic building codes would force some clinics to spend millions on renovations.
“Instead of outlawing abortions, they’re just going to make it to the point where a clinic cannot operate in the state,” pro-choice activist Sharon McClendon-Price told WHNT-TV. “That’s their goal.”