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For Immediate Release
March 7, 2014
Benjamin Clapper
 504-228-4273, bclapper@prolifelouisiana.org

Press Conference Today in West Monroe:
Gov. Jindal to Add Pro-Life Legislation to His 2014 Package

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal will hold a press conference at the Howard Center at Whites Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe. Governor Jindal will announce that he will add two pieces of pro-life legislation (H.B. 305 by Frank Hoffmann, and H.B. 388 by Katrina Jackson) to his 2014 package. The press conference will begin at 3:30 PM.  

Louisiana Right to Life's Executive Director, Benjamin Clapper, said the following about Gov. Jindal's press conference:

 

"Louisiana is the top pro-life state in the nation, and these bills will further our support of life and protection of women. We are honored that Gov. Bobby Jindal is supporting common-sense legislation that will protect the women and children of our state. We look forward to working with Rep. Jackson and Rep. Hoffman to pass the legislation and get it to the Governor's desk."  
 
See below to view Louisiana Right to Life's previous press releases providing more details about H.B. 388 and H.B. 305.  
 
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Representative Katrina Jackson Files "Unsafe Abortion Protection Act" 
H.B. 388 Requires Abortionists to Have Admitting Privileges at Local Hospital

 

Baton Rouge, LA - Yesterday afternoon, the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act (H.B.388), authored by Representative Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe), was filed in the Louisiana Legislature.  The legislation proposes common sense regulations on the abortion industry to protect the lives and safety of pregnant women.  

 

Louisiana Right to Life and the Bioethics Defense Fund have worked with Representative Jackson to prepare the legislation.  Text of the legislation can be found online at the Legislature's website. 

 

The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act has three main components: 

  • The Act will require abortion providers to have admitting privileges within 30 miles of a local hospital.  The surgical instruments and procedures used to forcibly terminate a healthy pregnancy subject women to dangerous risks that have often resulted in death and other serious complications. Louisiana law requires surgeons in facilities classified as "ambulatory surgical centers" to have admitting privileges at local hospitals so that the physician can admit and treat his patient if an emergency arises.  The proposed law would require the same standard for surgical abortion providers. The bill tracks the language of a 2013 Texas law that was reinstated as "likely to succeed on the merits" by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals following a legal challenge by Planned Parenthood. A final ruling, which legal analysts expect to be favorable, is expected this Spring.
  • The Act will clarify that informed consent protections apply to both surgical abortion, as well as to RU-486 chemical abortion. This portion of the bill clarifies that physicians in both private offices as well as in licensed outpatient abortion facilities owe women the same informed consent protections and 24-hour reflection period, whether the abortion is surgical or chemical. These protections include a department of health booklet that depicts the development of the unborn child, the short and long-term medical risks of abortion, information on agencies that provide alternatives, and the opportunity to view an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat of the unborn child.  
  • The Act will require doctors who perform more than five abortions a year to maintain proper licensing. Current Louisiana law allows physicians to perform 60 abortions a year before being subject to the health and safety inspections that are required of "licensed outpatient abortion facilities." Because every woman is entitled to the protection of regulated safety standards, this bill will require licensure and inspections for physicians who perform five or more abortions per year.     

Dorinda Bordlee, senior counsel of the Bioethics Defense Fund, who assisted Jackson in the drafting of the bill, stated:

 

"The Louisiana legislature have an outstanding record of enacting measures that respect and protect the lives of pregnant women and unborn children. We are grateful to Representative Katrina Jackson for her leadership on this bill that will require both concrete safety standards, as well as information to ensure the woman's voluntary and informed consent." 

 

Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life said the following: 

 

"The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act will protect Louisiana women from Gosnell-like  abortionists who are often concerned only with the $450 they will receive from each abortion.  Louisiana must ensure the safety of women through this common sense legislation that ensures surgical abortion facilities are held to the same safety standards of other outpatient surgical facilities in Louisiana."  

 

H.B. 388 is one of the two pieces of pro-life legislation Louisiana Right to Life is sponsoring in the 2014 Legislative Session.  HB 305 by Representative Frank Hoffman provides that no individual or organization that performs elective abortion or its affiliates may provide instruction or materials in public elementary and secondary schools or in charter schools that receive state funding.

 

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H.B. 305 To Protect Louisiana Children From the Abortion Industry 
Representative Frank Hoffmann's legislation to keep abortion businesses out of schools  
 
Baton Rouge, LA - Today, H.B. 305, authored by Representative Frank Hoffmann (R-West Monroe), was filed in the Louisiana Legislature.  Louisiana Right to Life and the Bioethics Defense Fund have worked with Representative Hoffman to prepare the legislation.  

H.B. 305 provides that no individual or organization that performs elective abortion or its affiliates may provide instruction or materials in public elementary and secondary schools or in charter schools that receive state funding.
  Text of the legislation can be found online at the Legislature's website.
 
Hoffmann stated, "Louisiana has a long-standing policy of respecting the humanity of the unborn child. Abortion providers should not be able to access publicly funded school grounds with any direct or indirect efforts to promote abortion."
 
Dorinda Bordlee, senior counsel in the New Orleans office of Bioethics Defense Fund, assisted Hoffmann in the drafting of the bill. Bordlee said, "This legislation is important because forty years of Roe has demonstrated that community acceptance of abortion as a neutral 'choice' ends up in increased sexual exploitation of women and girls, with devastating physical and psychological consequences for those who later resort to abortion."
 
Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, commended Representative Hoffman and said the bill will be actively supported by his organization. Clapper stated, "This bill is needed to reassure Louisiana families that their children in state-funded elementary and secondary schools are not being targeted by individuals and organizations who have financial incentives to sell abortion."
 
H.B. 305 is one of the two pieces of pro-life legislation Louisiana Right to Life is sponsoring in the 2014 Legislative Session.  A piece of legislation yet to be filed by Representative Katrina Jackson will address admitting privileges for physicians performing abortions at outpatient abortion facilities.  A press release will be released shortly after the legislation is filed.
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Visit www.ProLifeLouisiana.org/2014Session for current information on Louisiana Right to Life and the 2014 Legislative Session.
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