Sometimes you just have to step back and appreciate a great political strategy.
Americans United for Life has this “admitting privileges” bill that they shop around to states via their legislation factory, which requires all abortion clinics to be within 30 miles of a local hospital. It’s sold as a “safety” issue, but you see what they’re up to. Once you draw all those 30-mile radii around hospitals, you’ve basically clear-cut every abortion clinic outside the zone.
It’s a brilliant strategy that makes abortion access practically non-existent for rural residents, and it’s exactly the sort of thing I’d be trying to do if I opposed Roe v. Wade and was playing for the bad guys.
But like most Democrats, I’m not an opponent of Roe v. Wade. So I would never vote for something this, and I would never co-sponsor something like this. But Brendan Boyle did. It’s what he’s done as a state rep, and it’s what he’ll do in Congress. Because he doesn’t actually support abortion access. PA-13 can do much much better than Brendan Boyle
Via Sean Kitchen:
The ALEC-style provisions that Daylin Leach was referring to at the debate are known as “admitting privileges,” which require all abortion clinics to be within 30 miles of a local hospital. And it just happens that the same “30 mile radius” appears in state after state after state. According to the Guttmacher Institute, admitting privileges are required in four states and ten states “require providers to have either admitting privileges or alternative arrangement, such as an agreement with another physician who has admitting privileges. In 2011, State Representative Brendan Boyle was one of many Democrats to cosponsor such legislation. In its entirety House Bill 1314 reads:
Section 1. Section 3213 of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding a subsection to read: § 3213. Prohibited acts. * * * (g) Clinical privileges.–Any physician performing or inducing an abortion who does not have clinical privileges at a hospital which offers obstetrical or gynecological care located within 30 miles of the location at which the abortion is performed or induced shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor in the third degree and shall be punished as provided by law. Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
As mentioned above, these copycat abortion restrictions have appeared in Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi and in the case of Texas’ House Bill 2, the admitting privileges, which were overturned in court, read as:
Sec. 171.0031 (a) a physician performing or inducing an abortion: (1) must, on the date the abortion is performed or included, have active admitting privileges at a hospital that: (A) is located not further than 30 miles from the location at which the abortion is performed or induced and (B) provides obstetrical or gynecological health care services.
In Wisconsin, similar legislation reads:Admitting privileges required. No physician may perform an abortion, as defined in s. 253.10 (2) (a), unless he or she has admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is to be performed.(3) Penalty. Any person who violates this section shall be required to forfeit not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000. No penalty may be assessed against the woman upon whom the abortion is performed or induced or attempted to be performed or induced.