Letter: Bill’s ‘protection’ a farce

Let’s all stop pretending that House Bill 388 protects women when all it really does it take away our right to choose.

Congratulations to the spin doctor who came up with the talking point that you’re “protecting women,” considering that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that abortion is among the safest of all medical procedures, with a 99 percent safety record.

Supporters of the bill argue that requiring admitting privileges will make abortions safer because, in the event of an emergency, doctors will be able to admit their patients to the ER. The truth is that the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986 made admitting privileges in the case of an emergency irrelevant. For almost 30 years now, hospitals have been required to provide care to anybody in the case of an emergency (regardless of insurance). This includes women who need life-saving abortions, women who are in labor and women who suffer from a botched abortion.

Now let’s take a look at other outpatient surgery clinics that Louisiana requires to have admitting privileges. Oh … that’s right. … There are none.

Need more expert opinion? Both the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists oppose admitting privilege restrictions, stating: “Emergency room physicians, hospital-based physicians and on-call specialists already provide prompt and effective treatment to all patients with urgent medical needs, including women with abortion-related complications.”

So let’s be honest here. All HB388 really does is shut down abortion providers and deny women access to a legal medical procedure. Gov. Bobby Jindal is clearly more interested in impressing the national GOP than he is in protecting the rights of the women in his own state.

Kalisa Hyman

communications manager

Covington