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New abortion rules overwhelmingly approved

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Senators have agreed to require Louisiana's abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, moving the Texas-style restrictions one step from final passage.

The Senate voted 34-3 Wednesday for the bill by Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat. The proposal returns to the House for approval of changes.

Abortion-rights groups say the restrictions would close three of Louisiana's five abortion clinics.

Supporters say the measure would ensure women have access to proper care if they have complications. Opponents say the restrictions are medically-unnecessary and designed to limit access.

In March, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a similar Texas law that has been blamed for closing one-third of that state's abortion clinics.

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