HARRISBURG - Planned Parenthood says it was asked by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide information about its physicians' admitting privileges at hospitals.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Meghan Roach said Wednesday that its three Pennsylvania affiliates were asked for the information over the past two days.

A Health Department spokeswoman says it didn't intend to ask about it, but an employee proactively did so without receiving a directive.

It's a hot topic, as new requirements in other states have resulted in abortion clinics shutting down and high-profile court battles.

Admitting privileges laws have passed in 10 states, although judges have put laws on hold in five states while they decide legal challenges.

Supporters say it's a way to protect women. Critics say it's designed to stop abortions.