BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho doctors performing abortions would have to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital under a recently introduced bill.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted to introduce the bill Thursday.

Republican Sen. Lee Heider, who is sponsoring the bill, argues it's a common-sense measure because it better protects women's health in the event of a botched abortion.

Heider added that similar legislation has passed in 16 states.

However, others have pointed out that getting admitting privileges can be challenging and the bill could force abortion clinics to shutter.