Reading a recent edition of the morning paper, I was a bit confused about the legislature’s thought process.

First, they passed a law requiring physicians in women’s clinics that perform abortions must have admitting privileges to hospitals within a 30 mile radius. But, apparently few hospitals, whether public or private, are willing to extend privileges. So women in the care of qualified physicians are removed from the ability to make decisions about their own health care.

Flip to the next page: It’s now okay by law for non-physician optometrists to take over some procedures done up-to-now by physicians — opthamologists, commonly known as eye doctors. Optometrists just need to get some kind of training, then can perform surgery on eyes.

So, I’m wondering if the latter law allows women to make the decision to take their eyes to non-physicians for eye care?

Mary Ann Sternberg

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Baton Rouge