CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — Some bills having to do with abortion are in the Illinois House Agriculture Committee.

On Tuesday, the committee passed a measure that would place abortion clinics under strict new regulations characterized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as “essentially forcing them to become miniature hospitals.”

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Backers say the purpose is to make sure the clinics are up to medical standards, but opponents say the legislators are trying to shut the clinics down, the Post-Dispatch reported.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, right-to-life proponent Dawn Behnke says abortion clinic workers should be mandatory reporters.

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“In 10 states, when minors are coming into abortion facilities – even though it was known by the individuals that did abortions or abortion referrals that these individuals were minors, and it was suspected that they were abused or neglected – those facilities did not report,” Behnke said.

Many had questions about why the Agriculture Committee was debating abortion rights. Several women in the spectator area at the committee meeting wore T-shirts reading, “Women Are Not Livestock.”

One member says the name of the committee is relatively meaningless, and the purpose is to get the bill to the House floor for a full vote.

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The Agriculture committee is dominated by conservative downstate lawmakers, and has previously taken up issues having nothing to do with agriculture. In fact, just last week, the committee passed a bill that would allow county sheriffs to concealed carry handgun permits in Illinois.