Louisiana House Passes Pro-Life Laws That Have Closed Abortion Clinics Elsewhere

State   |   Louisiana Right to Life   |   Apr 1, 2014   |   10:23AM   |   Baton Rouge, LA

Yesterday, HB 388, the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, authored by Representative Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe), passed through the Louisiana House of Representatives by a bi-partisan vote of 85-6. The bill had 50 Representatives join as co-sponsors.

louisianawelcomeHB 388 has three main components:
  • The Act requires that abortion providers attain admitting privileges within 30 miles of a local hospital.
  • The Act clarifies that informed consent protections apply to not only to surgical abortion, but also RU-486 abortion.
  • The Act requires doctors who perform more than five abortions a year to maintain proper licensing.
Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the following about the vote:

“We are thrilled that the Louisiana House of Representatives overwhelming passed HB388 to protect the health and safety of women. This piece of common-sense legislation will ensure that women who may experience complications from a surgical or drug-induced abortion receive the best treatment available.  We commend Rep. Jackson and the House for their action on this important piece of legislation, and we look forward to HB 388 becoming a part of Louisiana law.”