NORTH ALABAMA (WAFF) - Senator Larry Stutts announced Tuesday he is withdrawing his maternity stay Bill.
The bill would repeal a code that says insurance must cover a minimum stay of 48 hours in the hospital after a woman gives birth.
Stutts had said this is so women can leave earlier if they want to and the decision to leave would be decided between patient and doctor on a case-by-case basis.
The current law creates shared responsibility for the patient and doctor if the new mother wishes to be released early. This means the doctor must inform the woman of advantages and disadvantages of an early discharge.
One of the laws Stutts was pushing to repeal was named for a patient, Rose Church, who died in his care. Court records indicate Stutts as the doctor in a wrongful death suit filed by the woman's husband.
After her death, her husband, Gene Church, pushed for a new law which came to be called "Rose's Law."
In response to Stutts withdrawing the bill, Gene said, "I'm incredibly excited about this and very pleased that Larry Stutts decided to do the right thing in this instance by removing the bill. I certainly don't know what ultimately motivated him to do the right thing, but I'm certainly glad he did in this instance."
He said he was disappointed with the way Stutts handled it to begin with, but he is very happy with the outcome.
Gene also added:
Stutts was sponsoring SB 289, which would repeal a woman's legal right to remain in the hospital for 48 hours after a normal live birth and 96 hours if the birth was cesarean or presented a complication.
Several doctors weighed in on Stutts' bill Dr. Jacqueline Sylvester said she wasn't sure why senators would feel the need to repeal either of the two state codes because she says those aren't creating any problems, and they help ensure a patient's health needs are being met.
Six senators co-sponsored the bill, including Jabo Waggoner, who withdrew his support of the bill Tuesday.
"The first day of the session, he was circulating the bill and without a full explanation," Waggoner said. "I did not realize the impact of it and did not know the background of it."
Tuesday afternoon, Senator Stutts released a statement. It reads, in full: