New Orleans, LA: In a Weekly Standard article published online on July 26th, 2013, journalist John McCormick writes that when he asked Senator Landrieu about whether she supports the legislation passed by the U.S. House (H.R. 1797) on June 18th that bans late abortions at 20 weeks fetal age, Senator Landrieu said the following:
"I'm going to look at it. I've voted to end late-term abortions," Landrieu said, referring to her vote for the partial-birth abortion ban.
"I do support, you know, the current constitutional outline which provides for decisions to be made which are very private in, you know, the early stages of pregnancy," Landrieu continued. "So I'm going to have to look at that bill and make a decision. I've opposed late-term abortion, but 20 weeks is midterm."
Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, made the following statement after the Weekly Standard article was published:
"Senator Landrieu has informed us that she is undecided on legislation that protects unborn babies in the final fourth months of pregnancy. The babies at question here could live outside the womb. They are almost completely developed. It is unfortunate that a Senator from our pro-life state would have to think hard about this common-sense legislation.
We encourage Senator Landrieu to take a close "look" at the real life photos of what a baby looks like at 20 weeks and decide if she is comfortable standing on the sidelines while the likes of Kermit Gosnell take the lives of these babies that can feel pain.
We are asking citizens of Louisiana to contact Senator Landrieu and ask her to support the legislation AND publicly write Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to request that he schedule a vote on H.R. 1797 (or similar legislation yet to be introduced in the Senate) for a vote on the Senate floor before the end of 2013."