Florida ‘Women’s Health Protection Act’ (HB 1)
This law was last updated on Jun 28, 2016
HB 1 would require that a physician performing or inducing an abortion must have active admitting privileges at a licensed hospital in the state that is located 30 miles or less from the location at which the abortion is performed or induced and provide obstetrical or gynecological health care services. A violation of this provision by a physician would constitute grounds for disciplinary action.
As reported by RH Reality Check:
Proponents of admitting privileges laws charge that the legislation is based on safety, arguing that abortion providers should have an explicit contract with a hospital just in case something goes awry during the procedure. This anti-choice argument is based on no medical evidence: According to medical professionals, abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the United States. Admitting privileges laws, the rules of which are not applied to other kinds of outpatient surgical centers, are instead a political tool to decrease abortion access, abortion proponents charge.
Companion to SB 602.