New restriction on AL abortion clinics signed into law

New restriction on AL abortion clinics signed into law

ALABAMA (WAFF) - New restrictions on abortion clinics in Alabama were signed into law Thursday.

Governor Bentley signed the bill that prohibits the Department of Public Health from issuing or renewing licenses for abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of any K-8 public school.

Several people had very different opinions when it came to the bill.

"An abortion clinic is not the place to be across the street from a public school," said Carol Henderson. "I feel relieved and I feel excited."

"I wasn't surprised but I'm angry about it," said Josie Polland who's against the new law. "This clinic is not the problem; the problem is the anti-choice protesters."

The new law directly impacts the Alabama Women's Center on Sparkman Drive which is across the street from the Academy of Academics and Arts School and within close proximity to Highlands Elementary School. Those for the new law say this move is for the best.

"There's a lot of friction. And there's a lot of commotion that goes on, and it's just not a good situation for children," said Henderson.

Others said the fight is far from over.

"The next step is dealing with the attorney's and getting a suit filed to overturn the law," said Polland.

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