Senate votes to ban abortion clinics near schools
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate has voted to prohibit abortion clinics from locating near public schools.
Senators approved the bill Tuesday on a 27-6 vote, sending it to the House.
Republican Sen. Paul Sanford is sponsoring the bill and says he wants to force an abortion clinic to move away from a school in Huntsville. The Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives is across the street from a public magnet school in the city.
The clinic moved near the school after the state adopted new requirements for clinic buildings. The bill would prohibit state health officials from issuing or renewing a license to an abortion clinic that is within 2,000 feet of a public school.
Sen. Linda Coleman of Birmingham says she has fairness concerns about forcing an existing facility to move.