Senator Stutts' Press Release on Withdrawal of Senate Bill 289/Breast Density & Hospital Stay Repeal
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2015
Contact: John Rogers
Senator Larry Stutts Comments on Alabama Senate Bill 289
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama State Senator Larry Stutts (R-Tuscumbia) issued the following statement in response to the recent media attention of Senate Bill 289:
“A practicing OB-GYN for the last 25 years, I have dedicated my career to improving the health of women in Alabama. My wife, Jackie, and I have been married for 34 years. We have four adult children: three daughters, Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Sarah; and one son, Collins. Jackie and I have one grandson, and another grandchild expected in May. I would never support legislation that would be detrimental to the health of any woman or child.
“My sole intention with Senate Bill 289 was to re-center healthcare decisions between a patient and her doctor by limiting government mandates. Recent media attention has not conveyed this genuine intent.
“After careful consideration and feedback from my constituents, I realize this legislation isn’t the best vehicle to achieve the original intent. Therefore, I am withdrawing SB289 and am comfortable with it not being considered in committee.
“Let me also say that neither the bill nor today’s decision is related to any patient case I have had during my medical career, despite media insinuations to the contrary. I am proud of my 25 years serving my community and state as an OB-GYN, and I look forward to continue serving them both as a medical doctor and senator.”
Senator Stutts will not be commenting further on this legislation, or any previous litigation, at this time.
Dr. Larry Stutts represents Senate District 6, comprised of all or parts of Marion, Lawrence, Lauderdale, Colbert, and Franklin counties, in the Alabama State Senate. He and his wife, Jackie, make their home in Tuscumbia.